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Lady Bobcats Roll Over Kansas Wesleyan to Advance to Sweet 16 in NAIA DII Championship

Mar 08, 2019

Cass Johnson driving to the basket
Cassidy Johnson

Cleeton taking a shot
Kelsie Cleeton

Madi Brethower taking a shot
Madisen Brethower

This week the Lady Bobcats once again traveled to Sioux City, Iowa to compete in the NAIA DII Women's Basketball National Championship tournament.

The Lady Bobcats, seeded No. 2 in the Cramer Bracket of the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship faced No. 7 seed Kansas Wesleyan University in Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday evening. College of the Ozarks soundly defeated the Yotes of KWU by a score of  91-51. 

The Lady Cats lit up the scoreboard in the first two quarters, going 12 of 18 (66.7%) from three-point range and hitting 50% from the field to take a 25-16 lead after one quarter and a  56-25 lead at the half.  KWU shot 37% from the field and made just 2-of-8 three-point attempts. Lady Cat Head Coach Becky Mullis provided her bench with valuable minutes of play in the first two quarters and used them extensively in the second half. 

The Lady Cats continued their solid shooting and excellent defense in the second half, hitting 50% of their field goals and holding the Yotes to just 33.3% shooting and 21.4% from beyond the arc.  The Lady Bobcats closed out the third quarter with an 80-35 advantage and the fourth at 91-51.  The Lady Bobcats held the lead throughout the entire game.  CofO posted 16 turnovers compared to 27 by KWU and out-rebounded the Yotes 45-31. 

Mullis’ starters averaged just 23 minutes apiece, yet posted impressive stat lines.  While Cass Johnson was busy draining 6-of-8 three-pointers, tallying a game-leading 21 points, Kelsie Cleeton was playing her typical unselfish game with an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time to snag rebounds and steals.  She recorded 19 points and a game-leading 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 7 steals—just missing a triple double. Madi Brethower scored 12 points; Abby Oliver added 10 points; and Aleksei Smith chipped in 4 points while dishing 5 assists. Freshman Annie Noah came off the bench to contribute 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The Lady Cats, with a record of 30-3, move on to the next round, featuring 16 teams.  CofO will play on Friday evening at 8:45 p.m. against Hastings College, who defeated Aquinas (Mich.), 54-46 earlier on Thursday.   The CofO v. Hastings game is scheduled to be covered by radio on KRZK 106.3 or KCAX 98.1FM/AM1220. 

Good luck to our Lady Bobcats!

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Watch the Games LIVE via Video Stream

Because these are national championships, there is a fee associated with viewing the games.  The live stream link is:

      A few (hopefully helpful) instructions:

  • Plan ahead and purchase your pass before game time, as it will take a few minutes to set up your account.
  • The link should take you directly to “live events”
  • Click on the date at the top left and select the date of the game you wish to watch
  • Then, to the right you will see a box titled “All Sports” - select the sport (women’s basketball or men’s basketball), and a list of all the games on that date for that sport will pop up
  • Find the game you want to watch and click on the TV screen/box to the right of the game
  • A message will pop up to have you set up an account – just follow the instructions
  • Once your account is set up, it will give you options for purchasing a streaming pass.  You can select one game only $9.95 or the entire tournament $34.95.  If you purchase a tournament pass, remember it is good only for one sport – so, if you want to watch the men’s game and the women’s game, you will need to purchase two separate game or tournament passes (but you will use the same login account for both).
  • Each time you go to watch a game, you will log in with your email address and the password you set up initially – then you just select your game and you should be all set to go.
  • Remember, sometimes the schedule falls behind, so you may get a message that the game is not on yet. Games may start late, but they will not start earlier that published times.
  • Also, if you should have trouble getting the stream, try opening it differently (for example, if you typically use Internet Explorer, try using Google Chrome).  Stretch Internet also has a support team.  If I recall correctly, there is a spot when you open the game that gives you some instructions and help.

Radio Coverage

We are still finalizing radio coverage for the games, but we anticipate they will be covered on one or more of the Hometown Radio Stations - likely KRZK 106.3 or KCAX 98.1 FM/AM 1220.  You can also go to:

Experience NAIA Championship App

If you’d like to follow along with the NAIA National Championships on your mobile devices, go to the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (android) on your phone or tablet and type “Experience NAIA Championship” in the search bar.  It is free and will provide you with updated information throughout the tournament.


To follow the live stats and play-by-play online (no audio or video):

  • Women’s Tourney:  Click here    
  • Men’s Tourney:  Click here
  • Find your game, then click on the little blue ((W)) to the far right of the game.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the tournament, such as previews, brackets, daily updates, ticket purchase, venue location, etc., you may go to:

  • Women’s Tourney: Click here
  • Men’s Tourney:  Click here

Twitter followers:  Check out @CofOSports and @CofOLadyCats

#GoCats   #Be Ozarks  #NAIADIIWBB 

NOTE:  A special thank you to Larry Plumlee Photography for the many photos he has provided this season of our team members.