Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lady Braves rebound from loss

By The Herald Staff | 1/24/2014

LEAVENWORTH — The Ottawa University women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough overtime loss Saturday to nationally-ranked Southwestern.

The Lady Braves throttled the University of Saint Mary, 80-53, Wednesday in Leavenworth.

LEAVENWORTH — The Ottawa University women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough overtime loss Saturday to nationally-ranked Southwestern.

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.

Ottawa opened the game on fire, taking a 6-0 lead. Morgan Grammer’s trey gave Ottawa a 15-5 lead with 11:20 remaining in the first half.

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.

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