The College of the Ozarks honored senior forward Brandy Uchtman in her final collegiate home game on Saturday afternoon, as she and her teammates picked up win #22 for the Lady Cats.
Uchtman was accompanied on the court by her parents, Max and Kim Uchtman, just prior to the starting line ups, and her accolades were shared with the crowd. A two-time all-conference recipient, she is approaching 1,300 career points and is currently #15 on the Lady Cats’ all-time scorers’ list. She has also posted over 600 career rebounds, placing her #12 in College of the Ozarks’ women’s basketball. Uchtman is one of the most versatile, athletic players in Lady Cat history, with the ability to play inside as well as shoot the three. Uchtman is in her fifth season as a Lady Bobcat, having red-shirted her freshman year while acclimating to college life and collegiate basketball. During that year, she learned leadership and gained an understanding of what it means to play at C of O from the senior class, who led the team to the National Championship game. In turn, Brandy has led her team by setting the tone of the expectations involved in being a Lady Bobcat both on and off the floor.
The Lady Cats had no trouble with York College on Saturday, as C of O took a sizable lead over the Panthers to close the first quarter, 22-8. By the close of the first half, the Lady Cats were up 43-18, due in large part to 12 points, including 4 three-pointers, by freshman Cass Johnson and 9 rebounds by sophomore center Lakin Simmerman.
College of the Ozarks cruised to an 80-46 victory over York College. Leading the Lady Bobcats in scoring were Cass Johnson with 15, Maggie McMenamy with 12, and Brandy Uchtman and Lakin Simmerman with 11. SImmerman posted a double-double for the afternoon, as she picked up 16 rebounds on the day. Kelsie Cleeton (8 pts.) snagged 3 of the Lady Cats’ eight steals for the game.
The Lady Bobcats, now 22-3 on the season, will travel to Lawrence, Kan. this Tuesday to play Haskell University.