A win busted the Lady Braves through a three-game skid.
Not only that, but the Ottawa University women’s basketball team picked up a much-needed conference victory Tuesday over visiting Bethel College in the final regulation contest for the team until after the holiday break.
Ottawa won by a lopsided score, but needed some timely shots late to slam the door on a surging Lady Thresher squad. Ottawa led by as many as 16 twice in the first half, but Bethel had a good third quarter where they shot 7-16 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc.
Bethel whittled Ottawa’s lead down to five points with 4:36 left to play in the fourth quarter on a basket by Michelle Schrag.
Ottawa closed the game on an 11-2 run thanks to five points from Katlyn Hughes, sophomore guard. It was a Hughes three-point basket at the 2:45 mark that put Ottawa back up by eight and ignited the run.
Jenna Kramer, sophomore guard, led all scorers with 18 points. She went 5-8 from the field and 7-8 from the free-throw line. Leslie Speer, senior forward, added 11 points.
Ottawa shot 46.9 percent (23-49) from the field as a team compared to Bethel’s 38 percent (19-50), and scored 18 points off 24 Thresher turnovers.
Ottawa (4-10, 2-6 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) plays 7 p.m. today in an exhibition game against Living the Dream. The team then plays Dec. 31 in a scrimmage with Johnson County Community College before returning to KCAC action 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at Southwestern College in Winfield.
Ottawa (61) — Kramer 18, Speer 11, King 8, Hughes 7, Anthony 6, Riffle 4, McAvoy 3, Hendricks 2, Lewman 2.
Bethel (47) — Johnson 11, Schmidt 10, Schrag 8, Schroeder 6, Ebenkamp 5, Potter 3, McKinney 2, Sumpter 2.