With two games left, the Braves are on the outside looking in.
In order to have a chance to qualify for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the Ottawa University women’s basketball team must win out, while McPherson College (14-13, 10-10) loses its final two regular season contests.
Ottawa (10-16, 8-12 KCAC) plays 6 p.m. Wednesday at No. 22 Friends University (20-7, 18-2 KCAC) in Wichita. The Falcons have already locked up the conference regular season championship, and are on a 10-game winning streak. The Braves, however, nearly knocked off Friends Jan. 10 in Ottawa during the first meeting between the two teams. The Falcons won 87-86.
OU plays 5 p.m. Saturday in the regular season finale at Tabor College (14-12, 11-9 KCAC) in Hillsboro.
McPherson plays Wednesday at home against Saint Mary (15-11, 12-8 KCAC) and Saturday at Bethel College (10-18, 6-14 KCAC) in North Newton.
Ottawa 66, Southwestern 57
The Braves made big plays when they needed it to top visiting Southwestern College Saturday in Wilson Field House.
OU led by as many as 14 in the first half (24-10 with 8:49 left in the second quarter), but the Lady Builders stuck around. A basket by Leslie Speer at the 29 second mark gave the Braves a 33-25 halftime lead.
Ottawa got a spark from Alix Parker, senior, who hit a three to open up the second half. Parker, along with fellow senior ReShaya Parker, made the most of their seven minutes of playing time on Senior Night, and Alix’s three helped OU maintain a double-digit lead for much of the second half.
“I like to shoot, but I don’t always get the opportunity, so it was really nice to get the opportunity and actually hit it,” Parker said. “It was a big three and we needed it. It was nice to let my hard work show out there.”
Southwestern got within six points twice in the fourth quarter, but that was as close it got.
Senior forwards Jessica King and Leslie Speer both had big games. King capped off her final game at Wilson Field House with a double-double. She finished with 23 points and 13 boards. Speer added 14 points.
OU (66) — King 23, Speer 14, Lewman 10, Kramer 6, Anthony 6, A. Parker 5, Hughes 2.
SC (57) — Miller 15, Evans 10, Laskey 7, Walck 6, Canada 6, Henderson 5, Carrillo 4, Krusko 2, McCormick 2.