McPherson College’s women have played most of the KCAC’s best teams tough at home, with nothing to show for it.
The Bulldogs, however, finally defeated an upper-shelf team here Saturday night with a convincing 70-60 victory over Ottawa University, which had entered the night in fourth place.
“You know, I just always felt like all season long this team is capable of knocking one of the top teams off. If we put a complete game together it’s going to happen for us,” said Reimer, whose team is now 5-11 in the KCAC and 9-19 overall.
Ottawa used an 8-2 run to close out the first half to get the game tied at 26 before Mac played its best half of the year.
After OU scored the first basket of the second half, Mac’s Aubrey Barton (pictured) scored nine points during an 11-0 Bulldog rush. Later in the half, the Bulldogs unleashed a 12-0 blitz, keyed by treys by Callie Atkins and Bailey Brown. The lead swelled to as many as 18 points with 9:53 to go and Ottawa simply didn’t have enough firepower to come back.
Barton finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Brown added 21 points, taking the ball hard to the basket to earn 13 throw attempts, making 11.
“We wanted to attack the rim and try to get to the line,” Reimer said.
Mac finished 19 of 30 at the stripe while Ottawa — which was 16 of 20 there in the first half alone — closed 26 of 36, which kept it in the game.
Atkins added 10 points off the bench, while Bre Gillespie hustled her way to 10 rebounds. OU was led by Amber Ramsey with 15 points and Shauna McClure scored 12 on four treys. OU fell to 10-6 in the KCAC, but it’s still pretty well locked into fourth place.
Mac will try to make it two straight Thursday in its final home appearance of the year as it hosts Bethany, which shocked Kansas Wesleyan Saturday night.
Mac (70) — Barton 25, Gillespie 6, Brown 21, Jefferson 5, Smart 3, Atkins 10.
Ottawa (60) — Ramsey 15, Romig 9, Skidmore 9, McClure 12, Frazier 4, Thomas 5, Christman 2, Stewart 4.