Two teams familiar with close contests face off Wednesday.
The Ottawa University women’s basketball team (8-16, 6-12 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) travels to North Newton 6 p.m. Wednesday to take on Bethel College (9-17, 5-13 KCAC).
The Lady Threshers have gone 5-5 since the start of the new year. Only one of those games has been decided by more than 10 points. Their Saturday game ended in a home loss to the University of Saint Mary 63-57.
Ottawa won the first matchup between the two teams this season Dec. 12 at OU 61-47.
Ottawa 69, McPherson 67
Jessica King came through in the clutch to help the Lady Braves to their third win in four games.
The Ottawa University women’s basketball team edged McPherson College Saturday at home 69-67 behind 19 points from King, senior forward, and 18 points by Jenna Kramer, sophomore guard.
After McPherson’s Sonerka White hit a three-point basket to tie it up at 65 with 39 seconds left, King made arguably the biggest shot of the game. She drove to the basket and hit a shot off the right glass with 26 seconds left. Brittany Roberts was called for a foul in the process, and King knocked down the ensuing free-throw to cap off a three-point play.
“That is what a senior is supposed to do,” Bruce Tate, OU head women’s basketball coach, said. “That last play I said, ‘These are our opportunities against man or zone. Keep the ball moving, be patient, work the shot clock, they are going to tighten up and somebody go make a play at the rim.’ She was able to get elevated.”
Brooke Racette air-balled a three on the ensuing McPherson possession, and King was sent to the line again. She hit 1-2 free throws with 16 seconds left to give OU a 69-65 lead.
White and Racette both missed three’s as time melted away for the Lady Bulldogs. Cami Richardson made a shot as the buzzer sounded, and Ottawa walked away with the 69-67 win — marking the third win by the team this season in 12 games decided by five points or less.
The Lady Braves got their hard-earned victory by battling in the second half. OU led by as many as 17 points (28-11 with 8:13 left in the second quarter), but McPherson didn’t go away.
Following a three-pointer by Katlyn Hughes, sophomore guard, that gave OU a 47-35 lead with 4:33 left in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 26-10 run. McPherson led 61-57 with 4:36 left before the Lady Braves battled back.
King scored eight of her 19 points in the final 4:15 minutes. Kramer went 3-5 from three-point range, and was a perfect 7-7 from the foul line.
Ottawa (69) — King 19, Kramer 18, Hughes 9, Speer 8, Offutt 7, Rose 3, McAvoy 2, Anthony 2, Riffle 1.
McPherson (67) — White 20, Roberts 12, Richardson 11, Racette 10, Holt 9, Battle 3, Olvera 2.