The College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats picked up their eighth consecutive win on Friday afternoon, as they defeated Johnson & Wales University-Denver, 90-68, in the Northern New Mexico College A.I.I. Classic.
The Lady Cats and Wildcats started up with a friendly 18-15 first quarter and continued in similar fashion in the 22-18 second quarter, with College of the Ozarks taking a 7-point lead into the locker room. The second half, however, was a different story, as the Lady Cats scored 19 unanswered points to open up the 3rd quarter and cruised to a 22-point win.
Senior center Lakin Simmerman and sophomore guards Kelsie Cleeton and Cassidy Johnson each scored 16 points to lead the Bobcats’ offense. Cleeton collected 11 rebounds to post her 13th double-double of the season, while Hannah Wisdom added seven boards and Simmerman posted six. Every member of the Lady Cats scored, with 32 of CofO’s points coming off the bench. College of the Ozarks out-rebounded the Wildcats 52-30 and tallied a field goal percentage of 50% to JWU’s 38.7%. Johnson & Wales was led by McCorra Ford, who scored 28 points and gathered 13 rebounds.
Friday’s win brings the #10 NAIA DII Lady Bobcats’ record to 19-4 on the season, as JWU moves to 9-12. The Lady Cats will play in round 2 of the classic on Saturday, as they face host Northern New Mexico College (4-18).