Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lady Braves fight through finals week

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/14/2013

The minds were tired. The Ottawa University and Bethany College women basketball players made so many mental mistakes Thursday in Wilson Field House.

Ottawa survived with a 58-44 victory.

The minds were tired. The Ottawa University and Bethany College women basketball players made so many mental mistakes Thursday in Wilson Field House.

Ottawa survived with a 58-44 victory.

“You could tell it was finals week for both teams,” Ottawa coach Bruce Tate said. “It was just sloppy. That is the nature of the beast. Everybody is in the same situation.”

Both teams were cold from the field. Ottawa shot 30 percent from the field, while Bethany was 26 percent.

“We could not get into a rhythm,” Tate said. “We came out and made some shots early then we kind of went stagnant there. We settled for some jumpers and missed some layups. We missed a lot of layups that we normally finish.

“The flow of the game got really slow in the second half. Both teams were in the bonus.”

The Ottawa defense stayed strong throughout the game and Ottawa owned the boards with a 49-39 advantage.

“We were fortunate enough to play good enough defense to recover,” Tate said. “We only gave them one opportunity. They still were getting the shots that their offense usually produces. We were able to push in transition. We were able to stay in the lead and not give them any momentum. We were able to answer.

“Good teams find a way to win when you are struggling.”

Freshman Ashley Romig paced Ottawa with 21 points. She hit all 11 free throws.

“Ashley did a pretty good job of knocking down free throws,” Tate said.

Ottawa did force shot clock violations and scored off turnovers.

“We were able to turn those into points,” Tate said. “We allowed our defense to generate some offense.”

Senior Amber Ramsey became the 12th Lady Brave to pass the 1,000 point mark with her seven points.

“It was definitely a goal of hers,” Tate said. “She is definitely one of the best post players I have coached as a head coach.”

Ottawa plays 5 p.m. today at home against Bethel.

“We can’t take any team lightly,” Tate said. “We know this is going to be a tough year. You have to take care of your home games.”

Bethany (44) — Brammer 13, Carey 4, Sheltar 2, Austin 5, Eddings 1, Sharrod 2, Lutters 2, Dolan 9, Bledsoe 2, Kerlikowske 2, Sullivan 2.

Ottawa (58) — Ramsey 7, Romig 21, Skidmore 4, McClure 9, Grammer 6, Strader 3, Boden 1, Thomas 3, Boore 2, Stewart 2.

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