The Lady Braves throttled the University of Saint Mary, 80-53, Wednesday in Leavenworth.
Ottawa (10-9) finished 6-3 in the first round of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Ottawa is tied for third with Tabor.
The Lady Braves play 4 p.m. today in Wilson Field House against No. 21 Friends, which is in second in the KCAC at 8-1 and is riding a 10-game winning streak.
Ottawa played its worst game of the season in a 61-38 loss to Friends to open KCAC play. Since that loss, the Lady Braves have won nine of its next 11 games.
Ottawa had 28 turnovers and was 1-15 from behind the three-point arc the loss to Friends.
It was a different story for Ottawa versus Saint Mary. The Lady Braves took charge in the second half against the Lady Spires. Ottawa outscored Saint Mary, 48-26, in the second half.
The Lady Braves opened the second half on a 10-5 run for a 42-32 lead after a layup from Amber Ramsey. In the next 14:20, the Ottawa defense put the clamps on the Lady Spire offense. Ottawa outscored Saint Mary, 38-23.
The Lady Spires did not go away and responded to Ottawa’s hot start. Saint Mary went on a 14-3 spurt to take a 19-18 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
Angelic Frazier hit a jumper as Ottawa retook the lead at 20-19. Ottawa went on a 6-1 run to take a 26-20 lead with three minutes left in the first half. Ottawa led 32-27 at halftime.
Ottawa shot 45 percent from the field and 85 percent (17-20) from the free-throw line.
Ottawa led in fast break points (19-6), points off of turnovers (23-9), points in the paint (40-28), second chance points (12-11) and bench scoring (29-14).
The Lady Braves had 11 steals and forced 20 turnovers. Ottawa had just 11 turnovers and 13 assists.
Saint Mary shot 32 percent from the floor and 2-17 from behind the three-point arc.
Ottawa was paced by Ramsey’s double-double. She had 21 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. The senior also had three blocks.
Mikayla Skidmore finished with 10 points and three assists.
Saint Mary (53) — Palmer 13, Ezeh 13, Marusak 7, Harmon 3, Stallbaumer 3, Brown 4, Perez 4, Frantz 2, VanNess 2, Gordon 2.
Ottawa (80) — Ramsey 21, Skidmore 10, Grammer 9, Romig 6, Frazier 5, McClure 6, Walker 5, Boore 5, Christman 4, Stewart 3, Tucker 2, Thomas 2.