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KWU Women Coast to Win over Ottawa

Mike Hammett - January 29, 2014 7:53 pm

Kansas Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team led from start to finish in Wednesday night’s 74-62 win over Ottawa at Mabee Arena.

In the first half, the Coyotes took control early. Wesleyan scored the first two buckets with Vanessa Kresin and Caley Greving. After Amber Ramsey got Ottawa on the board, the Coyotes then went on a 10-2 run to take a 14-4 lead on a three by Katie Pfeifer. Pfeifer then added to the lead moments later with a second three, giving the Coyotes their largest lead of the half at 11, 17-6.

Back came the Braves. Ottawa would chip away at the lead, getting within three at 25-22 with 7:33 to go in the half on a basket by Ashley Romig. Wesleyan responded, rebuilding a nine-point lead at 34-25 on a free throw by Kalie LeShore after a three by Alecia Smith. The Coyotes led by six at the half, 36-30.

In the second half, Ottawa would close within four at 40-36 and 44-40. The Coyotes then made things a little more comfortable. Wesleyan went on a 13-0 run, capped off with free throws by Alecia Smith, to lead 57-40 with 12:05 remaining.

Ottawa would get within eight down the stretch at 57-49, but the Coyotes were able to rebuild as much as a 17-point lead again at 74-57, holding on for the 74-62 win.

Christian Cassity led four Coyotes in double figures with 19 points. Karlie Steinle added 13 points, while Alecia Smith had 12 and Vanessa Kresin had 11.

Ottawa was led by Mikayla Skidmore’s 17 points, while Amber Ramsey had 14 points and Ashley Romig tallied 13.

The Coyotes improve to 11-11 overall and 6-5 in the KCAC, while Ottawa drops to 11-10 and 7-4 in the league.

Wesleyan is at Southwestern on Saturday.