With both a long homestand and a losing streak over with, the Braves look to shake up the conference standings.
The Ottawa University men’s basketball team plays 4 p.m. today at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.
The Spires (10-9, 8-5 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) are one of seven teams in the KCAC with either an 8-5 or 7-6 conference record. They topped Sterling College Wednesday at home 89-72.
Ottawa got a much needed win of its own Wednesday, smothering visiting Kansas Wesleyan 78-46 at OU’s Wilson Field House. It snapped a four-game losing streak and gave the Braves their first win of 2018.
The Braves shot 62.1 percent from the field in the second half, and 54.5 percent (30-55) overall. They were led by Tasmania Indaiana Jones, junior forward, who went 8-10 from the floor en route to a double-double. He scored 18 points and collected 10 boards.
Kansas Wesleyan did not have a player score in double digits.
OU (78) — Jones 18, Rice 13, Palmer 11, Mitchell 9, Mallory 8, McDow 8, Hansen 4, Perez 3, Thompson 2, Ramirez-Jennings 2,
KWU (46) — Hammond 9, Fulton 8, Rammelt 8, Allen 5, Leach 5, Carter 4, Gandy 2, Kraemer 2, Cross 2, Neri 1.
Despite playing good teams down to the wire, the Lady Braves have struggled to string together wins.
Today, the Ottawa University women’s basketball team gets a chance to even the score with the University of Saint Mary — one of the teams that beat them close earlier this season. The game is set to tip off 2 p.m. today from Leavenworth.
The Spires beat OU 68-63 Nov. 18 in the first meeting between the two teams. Saint Mary (9-10, 6-7 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) sits in the middle of the conference standings after going 2-3 in January. They beat Sterling College at home 67-63 Wednesday.
In Ottawa’s Wednesday game, the Lady Braves (5-14, 3-10 KCAC) had yet another shot to steal a win from a winning squad, but couldn’t close it out. OU fell 49-45 at home to Kansas Wesleyan, marking the seventh loss the team has suffered this season by five points or less.
Ottawa led 45-44 with 2:28 left off free throws by Jessica King, senior forward. Within the final two-and-a-half minutes of play, Ottawa’s offense had three turnovers and hit 0-3 shots from the field, allowing the Lady Coyotes to retake the lead for good off free throws.
Leslie Speer, senior forward, led all scorers with 10 points. Kansas Wesleyan had 10 players score, none of them in double digits.
KWU (49) — Miller 7, Bradford 7, Heinen 7, Lewis 7, Knox 5, Frazier 4, Hill 4, Mortensen 3, Vallin 3, Herman 2.
OU (45) — Speer 10, Hughes 9, King 7, Hedricks 7, Kramer 6, McAvoy 4, Offutt 2.