|Oklahoma Wesleyan 10-12, 6-8||10||16||16||21||6||69|
|Ottawa (Kan.) 15-8, 11-4||20||17||10||16||12||75|
|Jan. 25, 2017|
|Oklahoma Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Ottawa (Kan.)|
|#12 Tiffany Rieger - 18||Points||#2 Jenna Kramer - 21|
|#24 Mary Hutchins - 9||Rebounds||2 Players (#13,#33) - 8|
|#10 Cheyenne Been - 4||Assists||#11 Kelsey Hendricks - 4|
|Oklahoma Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Ottawa (Kan.)|
|35.3% (24 - 68)||Field Goals %||48.2% (27 - 56)|
|25.9% (7 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.1% (8 - 19)|
|87.5% (14 - 16)||Free Throws||61.9% (13 - 21)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||8|
OTTAWA, Kan. – The Ottawa University women's basketball team needed overtime to defeat a pesky Oklahoma Wesleyan University team in Wilson Field House on Wednesday night. OU held the Eagles to only six points in the overtime period to take the 75-69 victory.
OU started off the contest on fire, taking a 9-0 lead over the Eagles. OKWU responded with five straight points and with 4:16 on the clock, OU led 9-5. The Braves though would hold the Eagles to only five points in the final four minutes of the quarter, outscoring OKWU 11-5 to take a 20-10 lead into the second quarter.
The Braves increased their lead to 27-12 on a Kaylee Williams' 3-pt field goal at the start of the quarter. Oklahoma Wesleyan responded by cutting OU's double digit lead to nine, 33-24, at the 2:10 mark. The two teams exchanged baskets and with 34 seconds left in the half, OU's lead was again nine. The Braves though received a basket from Ashley Romig in the final seconds of the quarter to take a 37-26 lead into the half.
OU went on a 10-4 run at the start of the third, taking a 47-30 lead over Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Braves however went cold and the Eagles ended the third on a 12-0 run to cut OU's lead to 47-42.
Oklahoma Wesleyan scored the first seven points of the fourth to take a 49-47 lead over the Braves. Madi Stewart and Jenna Kramer both hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 49-49 with 5:45 left in regulation.
Both teams struggled from the field in the final five minutes of the game. A 3-pt field goal by Kramer with 1:50 on the clock gave the Braves back the lead 56-54. The Eagles scored four straight points, taking a 58-56 lead over the Braves. A Romig free throw with 34 seconds left in regulation cut the deficit to 58-57.
OU then was forced to foul and the Eagles connected on three of four free throws to take a 61-57 lead with 17 seconds on the clock. The Braves pushed the ball up the floor and Kelsey Hendricks found an open Romig at the top of the key behind the 3-pt line. Romig drained the 3-pt field goal with 14 seconds on the clock, cutting the Eagle lead to 61-60.
The Braves again fouled, sending OKWU's Shelbie Kirby to the free throw line. She hit both free throws and OU trailed 63-60 with 13 seconds on the clock. The Braves hurried the ball across the 10 second line. This time instead of Hendricks finding Romig it was Kramer. The freshman guard found her open at the top of the key. Romig buried the 3-pt field goal and the game was tied 63-63 with five seconds left on the clock.
The Eagles missed their attempt to end the game in regulation and the contest went into overtime tied 63-63.
Oklahoma Wesleyan scored first, taking a 65-63 lead over the Braves. OU responded with a 3-pt play by Romig, giving the Braves a 66-65 lead. OKWU's Cheyenne Been was fouled on the Eagles next offensive possession. She connected on both free throws and OKWU took a 67-66 lead.
The Braves though would get four straight points from Romig to take a 70-67 lead with 2:45 on the clock. A basket by OKWU's Tiffany Rieger cut OU's lead to 70-69. On OU's next offensive possession Kramer was fouled attacking the basket. She connected on both free throws to give OU a 72-69 lead with 1:29 left in the overtime period.
The Brave defense would cause an Eagle turnover and Kramer was again fouled. She hit both free throws to push OU's lead to 74-69. The OU defense again came up with a stop and the Eagles again fouled. This time they sent Romig to the line. She connected on one of two free throws to give OU a 75-69 lead. The Braves forced their third straight Eagle turnover. This time OKWU did not foul and the Braves took the 75-69 victory.
Inside the box score
OU shot 48.2 percent from the floor, 42.1 percent from behind the 3-pt line, and 61.9 percent from the free throw line. The Braves had four players in double figures led by Jenna Kramers 21 points. She also had six rebounds. Ashley Romig finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks. She scored 15 of her 19 points in overtime and in the final two minutes of regulation. Kaylee Williams scored 17 points for the Braves and Madi Stewart finished with 14 points. She also had eight rebounds.
Who is Next?
OU (15-8, 11-4) is on the road on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.