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KWU Women Open KCAC Tourney at Ottawa

Mike Hammett - February 25, 2014 11:46 pm

(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | OTTAWA TWITTERThe Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team heads to Ottawa to take on the Ottawa University Braves for the quarterfinal round of the KCAC Women’s Basketball Postseason Tournament on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wilson Field House.

Wesleyan is the No. 5 seed in the tournament and Ottawa is the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Southwestern is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Friends is the No. 2 seed and Tabor is the No. 3 seed.

The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the ‘Voice of the Coyotes’ Mike Hammett with the call along with Justin Dean. Fans can also listen online at www.1049classichits.com. Live stats will be available on DakStats at www.dakstats.com/naia, and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visitinghttp://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com.  Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).


12 Christian Cassity (G, 5-11, Sr.) 13.6 6.3
25 Kalie LeShore (G, 5-7, Jr.) 4.4 1.8 2.5 APG
31 Vanessa Kresin (G, 5-9, Jr.) 14.9 5.4 2.2 SPG
32 Alecia Smith (G, 5-10, Sr.) 14.0 7.8
34 Caley Greving (F, 6-1, So.) 4.1 4.2
3 Mikayla Skidmore (5-6, Jr., G) 10.0 3.1 3.9 APG
10 Shauna McClure (5-6, Sr., G) 8.0 1.5
13 Ashley Romig (6-0, Fr., C) 11.9 6.6
23 Angelic Frazier (5-11, Sr., G) 3.8 3.8
42 Amber Ramsey (5-11, Sr., F) 14.8 7.5
2012-13 KCAC QF vs. Sterling W 76-65
KCAC SF at Friends W 66-49
KCAC CHAMP vs Southwestern L 90-65
2011-12 KCAC QF vs. McPherson W 65-40
KCAC SF at Southwestern L 76-63
2010-11 KCAC QF vs. Tabor W 81-48
KCAC SF vs. Southwestern W 95-82
KCAC CHAMP vs. Sterling W 74-59
NAIA 1st vs. Holy Names W 68-50
NAIA 2nd vs. Black Hills State L 72-62
2009-10 KCAC QF vs. Ottawa W 66-58
KCAC SF vs. Southwestern L 58-51
NAIA 1st vs. Morningside L 83-45
2008-09 KCAC QF vs. Bethany W 61-45
KCAC SF vs. Tabor W 74-54
KCAC CHAMP at Sterling W 70-61
NAIA 1st vs. Aquinas W 61-52
NAIA 2nd vs. Black Hills State L 59-56
2012-13 KCAC QF at Tabor L 44-35
2011-12 KCAC QF at Sterling L 63-56
2010-11 KCAC QF at Southwestern L 56-53
2009-10 KCAC PLAYIN vs. McPherson W 74-47
KCAC QF at Kansas Wesleyan L 66-58
2008-09 KCAC QF at Friends L 72-66

KWU avenged an earlier loss to Ottawa with a 74-62 victory in the last meeting between the teams on January 29 in Salina. Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead 11-4 on a bucket by Alecia Smith and a three by Katie Pfeifer pushed the lead out to 14-4 with 13:15 left in the first half. Ottawa got back within three with 7:35 to go before the break. Wesleyan pushed its lead back out to nine before leading 36-30 at the half. Ottawa got within four with just under 16 minutes left when Wesleyan responded with a 13-0 run to take a 57-40 lead with 12:05 to go. Christian Cassity had 19 points, while Karlie Steinle added 13, Smith 12 and Vanessa Kresin had 11. Mikayla Skidmore had 17 points to lead Ottawa.

Ottawa leads the all-time series 35-31, but Wesleyan is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings between the teams. The teams last met in the playoffs in the 2009-10 KCAC Quarterfinals with KWU winning 66-58.

KWU enters Wednesday KCAC Quarterfinal as the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. The Coyotes are fresh off back-to-back wins for the first time in six weeks as Wesleyan rallied from a 16-point second half deficit last Thursday at Bethel for a 57-54 win and then routed Sterling on Saturday 83-64.

Senior Alecia Smith scored a career high 26 points in Saturday’s win over Sterling and also passed the 1000 point milestone on a 3-pointer with 15:58 to go in the first half. Smith finished the night with 1019 points. Saturday’s win also marked the first time since 1980 that the Coyotes have swept the regular season series from Sterling.

The Coyotes bolted out to a 12-3 lead in the game on Smith’s 1000-point triple and never looked back as Wesleyan built a 35-16 lead with 6:10 to go in the first half. Sterling got back within 13 points at the half, and got within three with 15:35 to go in the game before the Coyotes authoritatively closed the door. Wesleyan quickly pushed its lead out to double digits again on Katie Pfeifer‘s three with 11:37 to go and pushed the lead over 20 for the first with 4:50 left on a three by Smith. Vanessa Kresin scored 15 points and Christian Cassity had 14 for the Coyotes in the win.

Junior Vanessa Kresin continues to lead the Coyotes in scoring averaging 14.9 points per game, which ranks second best in the conference. Alecia Smith is averaging 14 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. Smith leads the Coyotes in rebounding, averaging 7.83 rebounds per game which is third best in the conference through the end of the regular season. The Coyotes shoot 38.9 percent from the field as a team while averaging 67 points per game. The Coyotes also pull down 40.3 rebounds per contest. Wesleyan’s opponents shoot 37.5 percent from the field and average 64.6 points per game and 40.7 rebounds per game. The Coyotes have a chance to set new team records in free throws made and attempted this season. The current record of 540 makes and 756 attempts were set in 2010-11. The Coyotes have 502 makes and 750 attempts so far this season. Ottawa and KWU are the only two teams in the KCAC this season with over 500 free throw makes and over 725 attempts.

Wesleyan ranks No. 11 in defensive field goal percentage (.276), No. 24 in blocks (108) and blocks per game (3.724), No. 29 in scoring defense (64.586), No. 32 in defensive field goal percentage (.376) and No. 45 in defensive rebounds per game (28.138).

Christian Cassity ranks No. 38 in total blocks (37) and No. 43 in blocks per game (1.276). Alecia Smith ranks No. 39 in defensive rebounds per game (5.274) and No. 48 in total rebounds (227). Vanessa Kresin ranks No. 44 in total steals (64).

Alecia Smith became the latest member of the 1000 point club for the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes, scoring her 1000th career point at KWU with 15:58 to go in the first half of Saturday’s game against Sterling. She finished the night setting a career high with 26 points scored. Junior Vanessa Kresin and senior Christian Cassity remain in pursuit of their 1000-point milestones. Kresin needs just 15 points to reach the milestone and Cassity is 18 points away.

Ottawa is the No. 4 seed in the KCAC Tournament after defeating Saint Mary on Saturday 77-69. Wednesday’s quarterfinal will be the third straight home game for the Braves, who snapped a 3-game losing streak with the win on Saturday. Ottawa got a game high 19 points from freshman Ashley Romig in its win over Saint Mary. Amber Ramsey added 12 for the Braves. Ottawa led 37-15 at the half before Saint Mary would outscore the Braves 54-40 in the second half to get within the eight-point margin at the end.

Senior Amber Ramsey leads Ottawa in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Braves. Ottawa shoots 40.8 percent from the field and averages 66.3 points per game. Ottawa’s opponents shoot 38.5 percent from the field and average 63.8 points per game. Ottawa marginally outrebounds its opponents 37.7 to 37.3 rebounds per game.

Ottawa ranks No. 17 in the country in blocks per game (4.143), No. 21 in total blocks (116), No. 24 in scoring defense (63.75), No. 38 in rebounds allowed (37.321) and  No. 45 in defensive field goal percentage (.385) and free throw percentage (.708).

Amber Ramsey ranks No. 11 nationally in total blocks (61), No. 15 in blocks per game (2.179), No. 28 in defensive rebounds per game (6.107) and No. 42 in field goal percentage (.498).

The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner between top seeded Southwestern and eighth seeded McPherson on Saturday afternoon at the home site of the higher seeded team.

The tournament semifinal winners will then advance to the KCAC Tournament Championship which is part of Championship Monday for the KCAC. For the third straight year, Championship Monday will be held at Hartman Arena in Park City. The women’s championship game will be played at 6 p.m., with the men’s to follow at around 8 p.m.

The winner of the KCAC Tournament will be the conference’s automatic berth to the 23rd Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, which begins March 12. The KCAC receives a second bid to the National Championships which is the highest remaining seed in the conference tournament, regardless of finish in the tournament.