OTTAWA — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team is one victory away on Wednesday from being in sole possession of fourth place in the KCAC.
The Bulldogs continued their relentless climb up the KCAC ladder on Saturday by avenging an earlier loss to Ottawa with a 55-51 victory as they continue to find ways to win close games.
Mac is now 7-6 in the KCAC and tied with Kansas Wesleyan for fourth place, the team it hosts on Wednesday. The top four teams earn KCAC home games for the first round of the playoffs.
This was a defensive slugfest as both teams zoned up and kept the scoring down. Mac led 22-19 at the half, went down for a time in the third quarter, but finished with a charge.
Ashton Bruner’s whopping 10th double-double of the year propelled the Bulldogs as she scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. Bailey Brown scored 12 points, while freshmen Brooke Racette and Kristina Battle were immense off the bench with 11 points apiece. Racette was 5 of 6 from the field, while Battle knocked down three 3-pointers, including one late that opened up some breathing rom.
Ashley Romig had a double-double for Ottawa with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Thomas led OU in scoring with 18.
Mac is now 10-13 overall and has won five of its last six. When it returns home on Wednesday, it will be trying to win for the seventh straight time at the Sport Center. In the first meeting with KW, the Coyotes tied a school record with 17 3-pointers to blow out the Bulldogs.
• OTTAWA MEN 101, MAC 82 — The Bulldog men are running out of season.
Mac sank to 2-11 in the KCAC with its sixth straight loss and this one was over early as OU socked the Bulldogs with a 57-point first half.
Once the Bulldogs settled down they played the Braves within a point in the second half.
Mac took a whopping 30 3-pointers, making eight. Chris Crook continued to be the shining light with 24 points, while Jared Haury had a career-high 16 off the bench. Aaron Bachura added 15. Five Braves were in double figures, led by Preston Oakes with 19 points, along with 11 rebounds.
Mac, now 6-17 overall, hosts Kansas Wesleyan on Wednesday.
Mac women (55) — Bruner 18, Allen 3, Brown 12, Battle 11, Racette 11.
Ottawa (51) — Romig 14, Grammer 3, Williams 5, Thomas 18, Hodison 8, Beck 3.
Mac men (82) — Martinez 2, Rowell 4, Raleigh 5, Bachura 15, Crook 24, Roberts 8, Parker 6, Lakin 2, Haury 16.
Ottawa (101) — O’con 11, Mitchell 9, Hasty 6, Norfleet 16, Oakes 19, Jones 8, Brooks 2, Brown 6, Bullinger 13, McKinney 11.