Brooklyn Coe and Cami Richardson scored 17 points apiece as the McPherson College women's basketball team picked up its third straight win with a 52-42 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Ottawa University on Saturday afternoon at the Sport Center.
The Bulldogs (10-8, 5-5 KCAC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a jumper by Coe and a 3-pointer by Richardson, eventually extending the lead to eight points at 13-5 on a basket by Emma Van Donselaar with 3:29 to play in the opening quarter. The Braves (10-8, 6-4 KCAC) scored four of the last six points of the quarter to cut the deficit just six. Ashley Romig accounted for all nine of Ottawa's first-quarter points.
The Braves opened the second quarter with four straight points - all on free throws — to make it a two-point game. McPherson responded with a 7-0 run over a span of nearly four minutes, capped by a Coe 3-pointer, to push the lead out to nine as the midway mark of the period passed. Madi Stewart ended the Bulldog run with a layup with 4:50 to play in the half. It also marked the first made field goal of the quarter for Ottawa. McPherson led by eight with less than a minute remaining, but Kaylee Williams closed the half with four straight points to send the teams to the locker rooms with the Bulldogs holding a 27-23 advantage.
Jenna Kramer drained a 3-pointer to open the third quarter to cut the McPherson lead to one, but Ottawa was unable to grab the lead. The Bulldogs kept the Braves without a point for over five minutes but could only muster six points themselves during the stretch before Williams drained a trey with 3:37 left to make it 33-29. Richardson and Coe responded with hoops to make it an eight-point game, but Ottawa hit three free throws over the final 1:01 to make it a five-point game headed to the final quarter.
Baskets by Coe and Kristina Battle to start the fourth quarter put McPherson ahead by nine, but Ottawa was able to muster one final run, rattling off eight straight points over nearly three-and-a-half minutes — capped by a Kelsey Hendricks layup - to trail 41-40 with 4:41 to play. Richardson hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court and Bulldogs outscored the Braves, 11-2, down the stretch, limiting the visitors to just a pair of Stewart free throws with 2:39 to play.
The Braves shot just 25.6 percent (11-of-43) from the field and hit just two of 18 3-pointers (11.1 percent), but stayed in the game by converting on 18 of 24 chances at the charity stripe. The Bulldogs were not much better across the board, shooting 29.0 percent (18-of-62) from the field, 13.0 percent (3-of-23) from 3-point range and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) at the free throw line. What tipped the scales in McPherson's favor, though, was their 44-35 rebounding advantage — including a 16-8 edge on the offensive glass. The Bulldogs also forced Ottawa into 21 turnovers while committing just 14 themselves.
Richardson finished with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers. She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year and had four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Coe hit her 17 on 6-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer. She also posted three rebounds and a steal. No other Bulldog had more than four points — a number hit by both Battle and Van Donselaar. Battle also chipped in with a team-high five assists and three steals, while Van Donselaar had three rebounds and two steals. Danielle Holt added two points and seven rebounds. Nine of 10 Bulldogs to see the court found the scoring column.
Romig matched Richardson and Coe with 17 points, going 5-of-9 from the field and 7-of-9 at the line. She also had six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Williams added 14 points, mainly behind her 7-of-9 effort at the charity stripe, while Stewart finished with four points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal. Kramer added five points and Hendricks two as all of Ottawa's scoring came from its starting five. The Braves' bench combined to go 0-for-3 from the field and 0-for-2 at the line with three rebounds and a blocked shot.
The Bulldogs close out the first half of the KCAC schedule next Thursday with a trip to Winfield, Kansas to face Southwestern College (8-10, 4-6 KCAC). The Lady 'Builders have hit a rough patch recently, dropping five in a row.