WBB: The Braves take a trip to Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday
Women’s basketball | Friday, Nov 26, 2021 at 1:15 PM
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Ottawa claimed their first KCAC victory of the season and took their record to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the KCAC with an 81-57 victory over Saint Mary’s University on Tuesday night in Wilson Field House. Ottawa shot 41.5% from the floor, 48% from behind the 3-point line and 75% from the free throw line. Amyr Lowe scored a career-high 25 points on 8 of 14 shots from the floor. She also had three assists and six rebounds. Brooke Spraggins scored a career-high 17 points. Kanecia Payne was the last double-digit Brave. She scored 11 points and a team of eight rebounds. Liz Vaughn tied her career high with seven assists. She also had three interceptions, scored nine points and picked up five rebounds.
OU is 1-2 overall on the road this season. The Braves are averaging 52.3 points and shooting 32.9% from the floor, 17.1% behind the 3-point line and 55.4% from the free throw line. Opponents score 69.3 points per game and shoot 40.5% from the ground, 27.3% behind the 3-point line and 76.9% from the free throw line.
In seven games, Ottawa has averaged 66.4 points, 38 rebounds and 13.6 assists per game. The Braves are shooting 37.1% from the floor, 29.7% behind the 3-point line and 65.3% from the free throw line.
Amyr Lowe and Brooke Spraggins each had one of the best quarter-goals in program history Tuesday night. Lowe scored 17 points in the second and Spraggins finished with 15 points in the third. The NAIA moved to quarterfinals for women’s basketball in 2015.
The Braves are ranked 58th in the NAIA for free throws attempted per game (21.4), 29th for interceptions per game (12.3) and 44th for opponent’s field goal percentage at 3 points ( 0.252).
Liz Vaughn leads the Braves in scores (12.8) and rebounds (6.7) per game. Haley Franklin is the OU leader in assists (3.5) per game, Kennedy Bankett leads Ottawa in interceptions per game (2.8) and Jalisa Simons is the team leader in blocks per game ( 1.6).
Saturday is the 87th meeting between the University of Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan University. The Braves lead the series, 44-42. Each team won on their own turf last season, with the KWU taking the 74-53 victory over the Braves at Mabee Arena on Nov.6, 74-53. Ottawa defeated the Coyotes 67-61 at Wilson Field House on Jan.16. The win over KWU ended OU’s eight-game losing streak against the Coyotes. The first meeting between the two teams took place in 1907. Ottawa won the game 21-16.
The Braves are on a six-game losing streak on the road against the Coyotes. Ottawa has won only once at Mabee Arena since the building opened in 2008. It was February 13, 2016. Ottawa won the game 67-56.
Kansas Wesleyan University is 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the KCAC. After opening the KCAC game with wins over York College (Nov. 17) 67-44 and McPherson College (Nov. 20) 69-57, the Coyotes lost to Oklahoma Wesleyan University 69-60 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Tuesday night.
In the loss to the Eagles, KWU shot 34.3% from the floor, 20% from behind the 3-point line and 50% from the free throw line. Gabby Mureeba led the Coyotes with 17 points. LaMyah Ricks and Amanda Hill finished the game with 10 points each. OKWU finished the game shooting 40.7% from the ground, 42.1% behind the 3-point line and 81.3% from the free throw line.
In eight games, the Coyotes are averaging 69.1 points, 41 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game. They shoot 43.2% from the ground, 28.3% behind the 3-point line and 66.9% from the free throw line.
KWU is ranked 24th in the NAIA for defensive rebounds per game (31.1), seventh for blocks per game (5.6), 49th for personal fouls per game (15.4), 54th for runs allowed by match (60.4) and 30th in the area of the opponent’s goal percentage (34.3).
Gabby Mureeba is KWU’s leading scorer (15.5), Kelcey Hinz is team leader in rebounds (9), LaMyah Ricks is KWU leader in assists (2.8) and steals ( 2.1) and Hinz leads the Coyotes in blocks (3.9).