The Lady Bobcats collected three wins on the road this past week, as they defeated Cottey College (80-47), Lincoln College (80-49), and #23 Indiana University Northwest (74-57).
The Lady Cats traveled to Nevada, MO, on Tuesday to face Cottey College, who is in their first season of NAIA play. The Lady Cats outscored Cottey 25-14 in the first quarter and stretched the lead to 44-26 by halftime. The third quarter saw the Lady Cats jump out to a 26-13 advantage. The C of O bench played most of the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Comets 14-8 for a final score of 84-47. C of O shot 44% from the field and 35% from behind the three-point arc. Seniors Kelsie Cleeton and Cass Johnson finished with 15 points to lead C of O, followed by Aleksei Smith with 14 and Abby Oliver with 12. Cleeton pulled down ten rebounds for another double-double. Madi Brethower and Johnson had three assists. Ashley Forrest and Johnson snatched three steals for the Lady Cats.
The Lady Cats traveled to Gary, IN, for the Indiana University Northwest A.I.I. Classic. facing Lincoln College on Friday afternoon. C of O’s defense set the tone early, allowing just seven made field goals and forcing twelve turnovers in the first half. C of O held the Lynx to 26% shooting from the field and shot 44% themselves in the opening half for a 49-16 lead. Abby Oliver had ten first-half points and Kelsie Cleeton pulled down an astonishing fifteen first-half rebounds. The Lynx warmed up in the second half, shooting 42% from the field, while the Lady Bobcats managed just 33%. C of O dominated the glass (57-36) and finished with an 80-49 victory. Three players posted double figures, as Abby Oliver led the way with 20 points, Madi Brethower followed with 13, and Aleksei Smith contributed 12. Kelsie Cleeton snatched 18 rebounds and finished just one point away from a double-double. Cass Johnson dished out six assists to lead the Lady Cats.
On Saturday, the Lady Bobcats played host school Indiana University Northwest, who entered the contest ranked #23 in the latest poll. Both teams came out hot in the first quarter, as IUNW shot a blistering 63% from the field, while the Lady Cats countered with 50%. C of O held a small lead after the first quarter 24-23. Despite both teams continuing to shoot well, C of O doubled IUNW’s scoring 24-12 in the second quarter, aided by forcing four turnovers and nailing 3-8 from three-point range. The Lady Cats held a 48-35 halftime lead behind eleven and ten points from Cass Johnson and Kelsie Cleeton respectively. Annie Noah provided strong play off the bench with eight points. C of O had just one first half turnover, while IUNW had seven. Cleeton pulled down seven rebounds. Cold shooting dominated the start of the second half as IUNW shot 27% from the field and C of O managed just 24% in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, C of O and IUNW shot an even 46% from the field and scored 14 points each for the 74-47 final. Overall, C of O shot 42% from the field and 29% from three. Turnovers proved to be the difference in the game, as C of O had six versus 14 by IUNW. The Lady Cats had three players in double figures, led by Johnson with 20 points. Cleeton added another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Madi Brethower chipped in ten points. Aleksei Smith dished out five assists, and Cleeton led with five steals.
The Lady Bobcats will head home to face NAIA Division I #2 ranked Columbia College on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.