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Lady Braves have trouble with zone

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/17/2014

The 3-2 zone is causing the Ottawa University women’s basketball team fits. The past two foes have employed that defense and the Lady Braves have struggled.

Ottawa made an adjustment at halftime, which helped, in the 62-44 win Thursday over McPherson in Wilson Field House.

The 3-2 zone is causing the Ottawa University women’s basketball team fits. The past two foes have employed that defense and the Lady Braves have struggled.

Ottawa made an adjustment at halftime, which helped, in the 62-44 win Thursday over McPherson in Wilson Field House.

“We made a few adjustments in one of our sets,” Ottawa coach Bruce Tate said. “It was our gap offense against the 3-2 zone. We ran one of our man sets.

“Maybe that is what we need to do a little more. Even if they are in zone. Everybody knows where they are supposed to be at. They are second-guessing each other. We are trying to get them to play against the zone. There is too much thinking.”

Ottawa stands around against the zone.

“We did not move the ball well,” Tate said. “We did not execute. That is something we are trying to focus on. We have been struggled against teams like Tabor that can score a little bit.”

McPherson had trouble scoring against the Ottawa defense. McPherson netted just 12 points in the first half and shot 3 for 28 for 11 percent.

“We were pleased with our defensive effort in the first half,” Tate said. “We clamped down in the first 10 or 15 minutes. It was still a ball game.

McPherson was better in the second half, hitting 9 of 33 shots.

“Our goal was to get three more stops than we are averaging,” Tate said. “It has been awhile since we held a team under 60.”

Senior Amber Ramsey paced the Lady Braves (9-8, 5-2) with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Ashley Romig had nine points.

Ottawa plays today at No. 11 Southwestern.

McPherson (44) — Barton 8, Brown 8, Jefferson 4, Gillespie 5, Short 3, White 3, Smart 11, Wilburn 2.

Ottawa (62) — Ramsey 14, Romig 9, Grammer 3, Skidmore 5, Frazier 4, Boden 7, Thomas 4, Christman 4, Boore 3, Stewart 9.

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