Thursday’s game in Ottawa will be the second of four straight games against the KCAC’s top four teams. The Ottawa University women’s basketball team (7-13, 7-9 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) hosts No. 7 Sterling College (19-2, 14-2) 6 p.m. Thursday. The team played at No. 17 Tabor College Monday evening in Hillsboro. Results were not available at press time.

While the Lady Warriors still hold the conference’s top spot, they have slumped a bit as of recent. Following an 18-0 start, Sterling has dropped two of its last three including a 72-60 loss against Tabor and an 89-78 loss at Kansas Wesleyan.

Sterling has the KCAC’s top scoring offense (79.38 ppg) and best scoring margin (plus 15.71 ppg). It is led by Kylah Comey, who is the conference’s second leading scorer (17.48 ppg).

BETHANY 79, OTTAWA 68

Ottawa, meanwhile, has been in a slump of its own battling through a gauntlet of tough teams. With a home loss to Bethany College Saturday, the team is 1-3 in its last four games, and narrowly holds eighth-place in the conference standings over Avila University (7-9, 6-9 KCAC) as of Monday afternoon.

The Lady Braves rallied from 14 points down in the third quarter to cut the lead to 49-46 thanks to an 11-0 run fueled by seven points from freshman Jordann Nachbar. The comeback was short-lived. OU did not hit another field goal in the final 3:49 seconds of the third quarter while the Swedes went on a 16-2 tear to take the lead for good.

Despite the loss, Ottawa got monster games from two sophomore guards off the bench. Madi McAvoy led her team with 16 points in 12 minutes of play. She was a perfect 9-9 from the foul line. Teammate Jennifer Anthony was 4-7 from three point range for 15 points. Bethany’s Kelsi Mueller led all players with 26 points.

Bethany (79) - Mueller 26, Wortham 13, Bartel 12, Pope 8, Atkius 8, Richardson 5, Ferguson 5, Hamilton 2.

Ottawa (68) - McAvoy 16, Anthony 15, Grizzle 10, Nachbar 8, Vaughn 7, Hughes 5, Rose 3, Hendricks 2, Kramer 2.