WBB: Braves Road Trip to Avila on Monday

women’s basketball | Sun 23 Jan. 2022 at 19:50

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The Braves fell 83-75 at Kansas Wesleyan University at Wilson Field House on Saturday night. Ottawa shot 41.2 percent from the floor, 24 percent from behind the 3-point line and 92.9 percent from the free-throw line. Kanecia Payne led OU with a 29-point career on 11-for-15 shooting from the floor. She hit a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Payne also led the Braves with eight rebounds. Liz Vaughn was the other Brave in double figures. She scored 11 points and had two steals. Vaughn and Jordan Bianco led Ottawa with four assists apiece. Amyr Lowe had five steals.

OU is averaging 67.9 points, 37.1 rebounds and 13.4 assists per game. The Braves shoot 40.1 percent from the floor, 30.6 percent from behind the 3-pt line, and 68 percent from the free-throw line.

Ottawa is ranked 58th in the NAIA in free throws made per game (13.7), 53rd in free throws per game (20.2), 31st in steals per game (11.5) and 44th in opponent 3-pt field goal percentage (0.269).

Haley Franklin leads the Braves in scoring (11), assists (2.8), blocks (0.9), and steals (2.3) per game. Kanecia Payne is OU’s leader in rebounding (6.6).

The Braves are 2-7 on the road and 1-6 in KCAC play this season. Ottawa won its first KCAC road game on January 19 against the University of Saint Mary, 101-198, in three overtime. In the seven road losses this season, OU averages 57.3 points and shoots 35 percent from the floor. Opponents average 75.7 points per game and shoot 47.8 percent from the floor. In OU’s two road wins, the Braves average 81.5 points per game and shoot 40 percent from the floor. Opponents score 73 points per game and shoot 30.9 percent from the floor.

Monday is the 40th meeting between Ottawa University and Avila University. OU leads the series, 20-19. Avila won the first meeting this season on November 29 at Wilson Field House, 90-79. The first meeting took place on December 9, 1975 at Wilson Field. Ottawa won the match 108-37. The Braves are 3-2 in their last five games against the Eagles.

In their first meeting this season, the Braves shot 56.9 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from behind the 3-point line and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line. Ottawa had four players in double figures, led by Kanecia Payne’s double-double. She scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jordan Bianco came off the bench and scored 15 points, Jalisa Simons finished the game with 14 points and Haley Franklin scored 11 points. Liz Vaughn led OU with three assists and Kennedy Bankett closed the game with two steals.

Avila University is 13-7 overall and 11-5 in the KCAC. The Eagles had broken their two-game winning streak on Saturday-evening with a 70-65 loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. Avila is 7-1 at Mabee Fieldhouse this year with the lone home loss on January 13 against Friends University, 79-75.

In the loss to OKWU last Saturday, the Eagles shot 35.7 percent from the floor, 30 percent from behind the 3-point line and 76.2 percent from the free-throw line. Tiffany Davenport led AU by 24 points. She also had four steals. Matti Morgan had 18 points and six steals. Ainsley Tolson finished the game with 14 points.

In 19 games this season, the Eagles averaged 76.7 points, 34.5 rebounds and 15.3 assists per game. Avila shoots 42.5 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 34.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Matti Morgan leads the Eagles with scoring (20.5), rebounding (8.2) and stealing (3.6). Tiffany Davenport is the AU’s leader in assists (4.5). Morgan and Davenport are Avila’s leaders in blocks (0.4) per game.

Avila ranks 48th in NAIA in points (1457), 28th in points per game (76.7), 48th in field goal percentage (0.425), 34th in 3-pt field goals made per game (7.9), 26th in 3-pt field goals per game (25.5), 23rd in free throws per game (15.3), 14th in free throw percentage (0.757) and 16th in steals per game (12.7).

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