Fri, Jan. 18, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]
(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO) The Kansas Wesleyan Women's Basketball team opens the second half of KCAC play on Saturday against Ottawa University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., from Wilson Fieldhouse on the Ottawa campus. The Coyotes are looking to rebound from their 72-67 loss to conference leading Tabor on Wednesday.
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with Justin Dean with the call. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Webcasts link at www.dakstats.com/naia and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com.
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN|
|5||Stephanie Frost (5-10, Sr., F)||10.4||6.4|| |
|11||Jessica Olson (5-5, Fr., G)||7.3||2.3||2.8 APG|
|12||Christian Cassity (5-10, Jr., G)||9.4||4.5|| |
|31||Vanessa Kresin (5-9, So., F)||11.5||5.6||3.2 SPG|
|32||Alecia Smith (5-9, Jr., F)||15.3||8.6|| |
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|PROBABALE STARTERS FOR OTTAWA|
|4||Kelsi Meier (5-6, Sr., G)||6.0||2.7||2.5 APG|
|10||Shauna McClure (5-6, Jr., G)||12.4||2.9|| |
|13||April Dowell (5-10, Sr., F)||4.2||3.4|| |
|15||Sarah Neptune (5-6, So., G)||2.9||2.5|| |
|42||Amber Ramsey (5-11, Jr., F)||14.2||7.2|| |
THE LAST MEETING AND ALL-TIME SERIES
The teams last met on November 29 in the KCAC opener for both teams in Salina. Wesleyan was able to hold on for a 56-50 victory over the Braves. Alecia Smith led the Coyotes with 16 points, while Vanessa Kresin had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Coyotes shot 33.9 percent from the field in the game. The Coyotes led 51-39, but Ottawa finished the game on an 11-5 run to get within the final margin of six points. Amber Ramsey had 14 points and nine rebounds for Ottawa, but also committed ten turnovers for the Braves. Ottawa was just 1-of-9 from 3-point range in the game as well.
Ottawa leads the all-time series 34-29, but Wesleyan is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between the teams.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the KCAC after Wednesday's 72-67 loss to Tabor in Hillsboro. Alecia Smith's 20 point, 12 rebound double-double and Stephanie Frost's 15 points and nine rebounds wasn't enough as the Bluejays were able to get the win to remain atop the KCAC standings, tied with Southwestern. Wesleyan led 59-51 with 7:07 to go in the game, and Tabor took the lead with 4:12 left, led by Hannah Paust who scored 15, including the last 11 for the Bluejays. The Coyotes outrebounded Tabor 42-36, but went 0-for-6 from the 3-point line, marking the first time since November 19, 2011 against Benedictine, that the Coyotes did not hit a 3-pointer in a game.
Junior Alecia Smith leads the Coyotes, averaging 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in nine games. Frost's 26 points at Saint Mary on December 6 was a team season best and her 16 rebounds against McPherson on January 10 is a team season best. Frost's 16 rebounds is also the highest single game total in the KCAC this season. Smith leads the KCAC in rebounding, while Vanessa Kresin leads the league in steals, averaging 3.2 per game.
Wesleyan shoots 36.5 percent from the field as a team, and 26.9 percent from 3-point range. The Coyotes score 66.2 points per game, and allow 66.7 per contest. The Coyotes average 40.5 rebounds per game, barely behind the 41.2 allowed to their opponents. Wesleyan's opponents are shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from 3-point range this season.
Wesleyan ranks No. 13 in total blocks in NAIA Division II with 77. The Coyotes rank No. 14 nationally in blocks per game (4.053), No. 37 in offensive rebounds per game (14.0), No. 38 in total 3-pointers made (106), No. 40 in total steals (200), No. 41 in steals per game (10.526), No. 43 in 3-pointers made per game (5.579) and No. 48 in rebounding average (40.474).
Kresin ranks No. 10 in NAIA Division II in steals per game (3.158) and No. 12 in total steals (60). Smith ranks No. 27 in total rebounds (163) and defensive rebounds per game (5.947) and No. 29 in rebounding average (8.579). Frost ranks No. 48 in block average (1.176).
On January 10 with 13:50 to go in the second half against McPherson, senior forward Stephanie Frost pulled down her 749th career rebound, passing Ascendra Peters' all-time record of 748 set back in 2004. Frost has 761 rebounds so far in her career to go along with 1282 career points.
SCOUTING THE OTTAWA BRAVES
Ottawa finished the first half of the KCAC with a 3-6 record after dropping a 63-46 decision to Friends on Wednesday. The Braves got 12 points from Lauren Buckles and 10 from Mikayla Skidmore as the Braves shot just 24 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from 3-point range. Inekka Stevenson led Friends with 16 points as the Falcons shot 47.2 percent from the field in the game and outscored Ottawa 36-21 in the second half. Ottawa is 7-12 overall in 2012-13.
Amber Ramsey leads Ottawa in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Shauna McClure scored a team season best 25 points on November 17 against Johnson and Wales (Colo.), while Ramsey's 12 rebounds against Saint Mary on January 12 is a team season best. Ottawa shoots 37.5 percent from the field as a team and 29.4 percent from 3-point range while scoring 58.4 points per game. Ottawa's opponents shoot 41.5 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range while scoring 62.4 points per game. Ottawa's opponents are outrebounding the Braves 37.1 to 34.1 per game.
Ottawa ranks No. 36 in NAIA Division II in total rebound defense (37.053), No. 37 in block average (3.158), No. 39 in total blocks (60) and No. 48 in scoring defense (62.368).
McClure ranks No. 16 in NAIA Division II in 3-pointers made per game (2.588) and No. 28 in 3-pointers made (44). Ramsey ranks No. 19 in total blocks (29), No. 21 in block average (1.526) and No. 42 in field goal percentage (.461). Meier ranks No. 49 in assist to turnover ratio (1.667).
NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is back at home for the next two games, hosting nationally ranked Southwestern on Wednesday and then Saint Mary on Saturday.