The Lady Braves gave the conference’s top team a challenge, but ultimately ended up short Thursday. The No. 11 Sterling College Lady Warriors edged the Ottawa University women’s basketball team 62-55.

It was OU’s fourth-straight loss, the second against a Top 25 opponent. As of Friday, the Lady Braves (7-15, 7-11 KCAC) dropped to ninth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 6 p.m. Wednesday showdown at (RV) Kansas Wesleyan in Salina set.

Ottawa led Sterling by as many as five points in the first and third quarters. A three-pointer by OU’s Madi McAvoy put the home team up 50-45 with 29 seconds left in the third period.

The Lady Warriors finished the game on a 17-5 run, however. OU hit two field goals in the final quarter. One of those was a putback by freshman Jordann Nachbar that cut Sterling’s lead to 58-55 with 2:48 left. From there, Ottawa’s offense went 0-3 from the field with a turnover.

Jenna Kramer led the Lady Braves with 13 points on 3-5 shooting from behind the arch. Sterling’s Taya Wilson finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Sterling (62) - Wilson 13, Theus 12, Comley 11, Carrillo 11, B. Bangert 7, S. Bangert 3, Eilert 3, Stallbaumer 2.

Ottawa (55) - Kramer 13, Hughes 10, McAvoy 9, Grizzle 7, Anthony 7, Nachbar 4, Hendricks 3, Vaughn 2.