Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OU Lady Braves rebound for win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/9/2013

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team was coming off a terrible performance Thursday in Wichita. The Lady Braves did not show up in the loss to Friends.

Ottawa coach Bruce Tate laid it on the line that was unacceptable.

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team was coming off a terrible performance Thursday in Wichita. The Lady Braves did not show up in the loss to Friends.

Ottawa coach Bruce Tate laid it on the line that was unacceptable.

“It was by far our worst game of the year,” Tate said. “Who was that team. My challenge to them, it was going to be fixed in one day. We did not compete. We will be a different team on Saturday.”

Ottawa was a different team in Wilson Field House against Kansas Wesleyan, which was coming off an upset win over Tabor in Hillsboro.

The Lady Braves dominated in every area in their 74-59 victory.

“They did a great job of playing together,” Tate said after seeing the 15 assists to 12 turnover margin. “It was a great team effort. Our shooting percentage was solid. We dominated the stat sheet. We got to the free-throw line. We wanted to be aggressive offensively. We wanted to attack them in transition and get them in foul trouble.”

Ottawa (4-7, 1-1) put together a game plan to stop penetration and take it to Kansas Wesleyan on the offensive end.

“They almost played it to a T,” Tate said. “We focused on guarding the dribble drive. We wanted to take away [Vanessa] Kresin and [Alecia] Smith. They are high volume scorers. We wanted to get them uncomfortable. We had to throw them out of rhythm.”

Ottawa got the ball inside to freshman Ashley Romig, who tossed in a career-best 23 points. She had 19 points in the first half to lead Ottawa to a 43-27 halftime lead.

“She is starting to get a little rhythm,” Tate said. “She has a clear understanding she is here to help us now.”

Kansas Wesleyan made a choice to slow down senior Amber Ramsey, who finished with 11 points.

That left Romig free.

“Ashley got some good looks,” Tate said. “That will free up Amber. [Mikayla] Skidmore got some things going.”

Skidmore finished with 11. Jessica Christman came off the bench to fire in eight points as the bench finished with 20 points.

“She is a hard-nosed kid,” Tate said of Christman. “Our bench did great.”

Kansas Wesleyan (59) — Greving 2, Cassity 14, LeShore 8, Kresin 11, Smith 18, Steinle 4, Stever 2.

Ottawa (74) — Ramsey 11, Romig 23, Skidmore 11, McClure 3, Frazier 6, Grammer 5, Stewart 3, Thomas 4, Christman 8.

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