Bulldog cagers swept at Ottawa

By Steve Sell
February 17, 2017

OTTAWA — For the McPherson College women, their basketball season has come down to one game.

The Bulldogs lost a 71-57 verdict to Ottawa on Thursday and face a must-win situation here Saturday against Southwestern — and even a win might not be enough.

Southwestern is 9-12 in the KCAC to Mac’s 8-13 as they are fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot. If the Bulldogs win in the 3 p.m. game Saturday against the Moundbuilders, then all the tiebreaker variables come into play.

Ottawa’s Ashley Romig, who struggled in the first game at the Sport Center won by the Bulldogs, was a tower of power in the paint with 31 points and 12 rebounds. She was 11 of 12 from the field as the Bulldogs had no answer.

Mac was down only 34-29 at the half, but OU ripped of a 21-11 stretch in the third quarter to break the game open.

Brooklyn Coe led Mac with 13 points, while Kristina Battle and Emma Van Donselaar tallied 10 apiece.

The Bulldogs are 13-16 overall.

Mac (57) — Coe 13, Battle 10, Richardson 8, Holt 6, Racette 5, Van Donselaar 10, Zimmerman 5.

Ottawa (71) — A. Romig 31, Williams 11, Kramer 10, Stewart 7, Hendricks 3, King 4, Hughes 3, Speer 2.

• OTTAWA MEN 75, MAC 68 — Like so many games this year, the Bulldogs were right there but couldn’t get over the hump due to cold shooting.

The Bulldogs fell to 6-15 in the KCAC and 12-17 overall as they’ve been eliminated from the KCAC postseason. Saturday’s 5 p.m. home game with Southwestern will wrap up the season.

Aaron Bachura scored 24 points and DeAndre Henson chipped in with 18 for Mac, but the Bulldogs shot just 37 percent and attempted only 8 free throws.

OU, which shot 28 free throws, was led by Titus Rice with 27.

Mac (68) — Bachura 24, Henson 18, Rowell 8, Gurley 4, Munsen 7, Butler 4, Owen 3.

Ottawa (75) — Rice 27, Mitchell 18, Bullinger 15, Lindsay 7, Hasty 2, Neidig 3, Perez 3.