January could end with the Lady Braves on a hot streak.
The Ottawa University women’s basketball team has an opportunity to take down its second ranked opponent of the month 6 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to take on (RV) Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Ottawa (7-15, 5-11 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) has won its last two games after losing five of six. The team narrowly fell to OKWU Dec. 6 at home, 54-51, in the first meeting between the two squads this season.
The Lady Eagles (16-8, 10-6 KCAC) have been trending in the opposite direction. They have lost three out of their last four games, including their last two. They stumbled Saturday 65-61 at home against the University of Saint Mary.
Ottawa 63, Bethany 41
Ottawa played spoiler in its Saturday contest, avenging an overtime loss to the Swedes earlier this season with a blowout win at home.
The Lady Braves never trailed in the game, grabbing an early lead and building on it. OU led by as many as 10 in the first half, and a 14-5 run in the third quarter extended that to 17 points (37-20). Jessica King, senior forward, scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the third quarter.
OU’s defense kept the Swedes to a dismal shooting day. Bethany finished shooting 22.6 percent from the field (12-53), including just 1-15 from three-point range.
Katlyn Hughes, sophomore guard, added 10 points, helping Ottawa cap off its largest margin of victory this season.
Ottawa (63) — King 17, Hughes 10, Speer 9, Hendricks 6, Anthony 6, Kramer 4, Lewman 4, McAvoy 3, Rose 2, Riffle 2.
Bethany (41) — Pope 13, Welsch 11, Tyson 5, Mayfield 4, Bartel 3, Enns 2, Wortham 2, Hendrickson 1.