The McPherson College women's basketball team picked up another win on Saturday night, defeating the Ottawa University 74-50, at the Sport Center.
The Bulldogs played a complete game on both ends of the floor, winning all four quarters on the score board, and in nearly every statistical category. On the offensive end of the floor, the Bulldogs shot 38 percent from the floor, and 31 percent from behind the three point arc. At the free throw line they knocked down 14-of-22 attempts. They did a nice job taking care of the ball, committing just 11 turnovers for the entire game.
Defensively, they held the Braves to just 28 percent shooting from the floor, and 20 percent from beyond the arc. One of the few categories that the Braves were better on Saturday was from the free throw line. The Braves went to the line 35 times, and made 27 of their attempts. The Bulldogs employed full court pressure for the majority of the game, and that relentless pressure forced the Braves into 24 miscues. McPherson turned those turnovers into 24 points.
The rebounds were even at 35 each, but the Bulldogs limited the Braves to just three offensive boards, while corralling 12 rebounds of their own of the offensive glass, which they converted to 15 second chance points. McPherson also dominated play inside the paint, outscoring the Braves 34-14.
Ten different Bulldogs found their way into the scoring column, with three players finishing with double figures. Elle Gillen came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with 15 points, going 5-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. She was joined in double figures by Aysa Tims with 12, and Brittany Roberts had another double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bulldog head coach, Josh Nichol summed up his team's performance saying, "At the half we had not given up an offensive rebound, forced them into 15 turnovers, and yet, we were only up four. The second half was about being more aggressive and finding ways to score. The game is easier when you make baskets. Shooting 52 percent in the second half along with the way we defended today makes for a great win. Our bench was huge tonight as well. We still have a lot to play for and we are still working hard."
With the win, the Bulldogs are now 11-17 overall, and 7-15 in the KCAC. They will be back in action on Monday night, when they go on the road to the University of St. Mary to make up a game that was originally supposed to be played last week, but was postponed due to the weather. Monday's game is slated for another 5 p.m. start.