Monday, September 15, 2014

Lady Braves fall in overtime to SW

By The Herald Staff | 1/20/2014

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University women gave No. 11 Southwestern all it wanted Saturday in Winfield.

Zefiryn Bryan hit a shot with five seconds left in overtime to lift Southwestern to a 71-70 victory. Ottawa took the lead at 70-69 with 22 seconds left on Mikayla Skidmore’s free throw.

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University women gave No. 11 Southwestern all it wanted Saturday in Winfield.

Zefiryn Bryan hit a shot with five seconds left in overtime to lift Southwestern to a 71-70 victory. Ottawa took the lead at 70-69 with 22 seconds left on Mikayla Skidmore’s free throw.

Southwestern called timeout with 8.3 seconds remaining. The Lady Braves nearly stole the inbounds pass, but Bryan picked up the loose ball and scored.

Skidmore pushed the ball up the floor and her shot in the lane hit the back of the rim and bounded off as time expired.

Ottawa had a hard time at the free-throw line, going 14-for-25 for 56 percent.

The Lady Braves controlled play for most of the first half. Ottawa jumped to a 12-4 lead on a basket by Amber Ramsey with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Ottawa built a 20-10 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Madi Stewart’s trey gave Ottawa a 27-14 lead with 6:40 left in the first half. Southwestern made a big push to end the first, cutting the halftime deficit to 31-25.

Southwestern opened the second half on 9-2 run to take a 34-33 lead. The game was tied at 38-38 when Southwestern went on a 5-0 run. Stewart’s trey brought Ottawa within 43-41.

Southwestern’s Jessica Hobbs connected on back-to-back three-point field goals to increase the Southwestern lead to 51-46 with nine minutes left in regulation.

Southwestern led 57-53 with 5:23 left in regulation. In the next three minutes, Ashely Romig’s bucket was the only points scored to bring Ottawa within 57-55.

Southwestern led 64-59 with 44 seconds left in regulation. Stewart’s trey made it 64-62. Southwestern was fouled and hit one free throw for a 65-62 lead. Ottawa held the ball for the last shot.

Senior Shauna McClure hit a three to send it into overtime.

Each team answered throughout the overtime. The game was tied at 69-69 with 57 seconds left.

Skidmore led Ottawa with 24 points and four assists. Ramsey and Romig had 10 points. Romig had nine rebounds and Ramsey finished with four blocks.

The Lady Braves (9-9, 5-3) play 6 p.m. Wednesday in Leavenworth against the University of Saint Mary Spires.

Southwestern (71) — Shaffer 12, Je. Hobbs 11, Zoglmann 10, Bryan 6, Reichenberger 2, Rieger 8, Jo. Hobbs 8, Rickey 7, Lovell 7.

Ottawa (70) — Skidmore 24, Romig 10, Ramsey 10, Grammer 6, Stewart 9, McClure 6, Thomas 5.

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