Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lady Braves play with intensity

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/22/2014

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team played with a purpose Thursday in Wilson Field House against No. 8 Southwestern, which is undefeated in conference play.

The Lady Braves gave the Lady Moundbuilders all they could handle for the second time this season. Ottawa ended up falling 70-67. Ottawa earlier lost by a point in overtime to Southwestern.

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team played with a purpose Thursday in Wilson Field House against No. 8 Southwestern, which is undefeated in conference play.

The Lady Braves gave the Lady Moundbuilders all they could handle for the second time this season. Ottawa ended up falling 70-67. Ottawa earlier lost by a point in overtime to Southwestern.

“It is tough to swallow,” Ottawa coach Bruce Tate said. “They wanted it. I feel for them. It was an emotional game.

“Hopefully we take care of business and potentially see them again.”

Ottawa can wrap up the fourth seed for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament with a win 3 p.m. today at home against Saint Mary or a loss by Kansas Wesleyan.

That would put Ottawa on a collision course to play Southwestern, the KCAC champions, in a week in the semifinals.

Tate said Ottawa’s road to success in the postseason could be its outside shooting, Ottawa was just 4 of 21 from behind the arc against Southwestern.

“The teams that we will run into will play zone,” Tate said of Kansas Wesleyan, Southwestern, Friends or Tabor. “We are going to have to knock down outside shots to keep this thing in reach. Teams have been setting in on the zone the whole year.

“We have Amber and Ashley down low. That is a lot of pressure on those two.”

Another part of the growing process is the mental game and defense.

“We are right there,” Tate said. “We can’t be happy just with competing. They are game ready. We have to get it done on the defensive end. If they don’t make their threes, we are right there.

“We did not do a good job contesting. We lose focus in who we are guarding. It is tough to lose games like this. We need to buckle down and get a few more stops down the stretch.”

Southwestern hit 10 of 18 from behind the three-point line, which was the difference in the game.

Ottawa (14-13, 10-7) was coming off a bad performance this past Saturday in a loss to McPherson.

“We had self-check and self-evaluation,” Tate said. “We are not good enough to let our guard down. You have to be focused on every possession. If we are going to make a mistake, we are going to make it full speed. I was pleased with the intensity and effort. I can coach that.”

Tate said today’s game is important with Ottawa on a three-game slide.

“We need one to get the monkey off our back,” he said. “Get a little momentum going into next week.”

Amber Ramsey led Ottawa with 19 points and four blocks. Ashley Romig had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six steals.

Southwestern (70) — Bryan 3, Reichenberger 7, Shaffer 2, Jessica Hobbs 15, Zoglemann 12, Rickey 4, Tennyson 5, Jordan Hobbs 18, Lovell 4.

Ottawa (67) — Ramsey 19, Romig 13, Skidmore 9, McClure 8, Frazier 4, Grammer 5, Thomas 5, Stewart 4.

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