Ottawa faces a tough road challenge this upcoming week. The women’s basketball team travels to Lindsborg for a 6 p.m. showdown Monday against Bethany College (6-2, 2-0 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference).
The Swedes are one of three teams that have not lost a conference game, along with undefeated Bethel College (8-0, 3-0 KCAC) and Sterling College (7-0, 3-0 KCAC). Both of their KCAC wins were blowouts against teams that have yet to win a conference game (W vs. Southwestern 85-69; W vs. York College 68-38).
Ottawa University (1-5, 1-2 KCAC) looks to bounce back following a home overtime loss Tuesday to Friends University, 67-58. Neither team led by more than nine points throughout a game that featured 10 lead changes and seven ties.
Avery Lewman, Ottawa junior guard, drove to the basket and scored with 24 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 53-53. Jaiden Easter missed a shot for the Lady Falcons as time expired and Ottawa found itself in its first overtime game of the season.
Less than a minute into the extra period, Ottawa led 57-53 thanks to buckets by Lewman and Liz Vaugh, freshman forward. Those, however, were the only two field goals OU scored in overtime. Friends went on a 10-0 run to take a 63-57 lead with 1:45 left. The Lady Braves missed their final five shots and Friends stole the victory.
Friend’s Daija Styles led all scorers with 25 points on 10-18 shooting from the field.
Jenna Kramer, junior guard, led OU with 13 points. Maraiah Grizzle, freshman forward, notched a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points.
Friends (67) — Styles 25, Evans 19, Brown 8, Kelly 5, Edens 4, Hodge 4, Easter 2.
Ottawa (58) — Kramer 13, Grizzle 12, Lewman 11, Vaughn 8, Nachbar 8, Anthony 4, Hendricks 2.