The Lady Braves cap off December with the only team yet to earn a conference win this season. York College (3-10, 0-8 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) travels to Ottawa University (3-9, 3-5 KCAC) for a 3 p.m. women’s basketball showdown today.
While currently last place in the conference, the Lady Panthers do not occupy the worst spot in any major statistical category per-game thus far. The team is led by Ciara Williams who is averaging 12.53 points per game.
York comes in having lost six straight games, including an 80-60 loss Wednesday at the hands of No. 11 Sterling College.
Ottawa will look to gain even more momentum heading into winter break after claiming a 67-57 overtime win over Bethel College (10-3, 5-3 KCAC) Wednesday in North Newton. The loss was Bethel’s second in a row — a team that was previously 10-1 just behind undefeated Sterling in the conference standings.
Neither team led by double digits until the final point of the game — Jordann Nachbar’s free throws with 43 seconds left in overtime to make it 67-57.
Bethel’s Abby Schmidt hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to tie the score 54-54. Katlyn Hughes, junior guard, missfired with seven seconds left, and on Bethel’s ensuing possession neither Jade Brown or Josie Calzonetti could get a shot to go.
Hughes hit a huge basket-and-one with 1:15 left in overtime that jumpstarted Ottawa’s 7-0 to close the game. On the previous possession, Bethel’s Karlie Schroeder scored to make it 60-57 Braves before Hughes came back with the big play. Bethel’s final possessions ended with a turnover and two missed three pointers.
The win ended a four-game losing streak for OU. Hughes had a career game with 24 points. Nachbar finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Bethel’s Schmidt had a double-double with 22 points and 11 boards.
Ottawa (67) — Hughes 24, Nachbar 18, Grizzle 11, Vaughn 9, McAvoy 4, Hendricks 1.
Bethel (57) — Schmidt 22, Newman 13, Schroeder 10, Brown 5, Michalski 3, Calzonetti 2, Taylor 2.