The Bethel College women’s basketball team continues to struggle, falling to Ottawa 66-62 Thursday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play in Ottawa.

Bethel led 26-23 at the half.




OTTAWA — The Bethel College women’s basketball team continues to struggle, falling to Ottawa 66-62 Thursday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play in Ottawa.
Bethel led 26-23 at the half.
“I was extremely proud of our ladies,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “They played their tails offf. We did everything we needed to do to put ourselves in a position to win. In the first half, we defended very well with our coverages, our communication, with our rotation and with our reads. We did everything we needed to do on defense. In the second half, we ran out of gas.”
Misty Stone scored 20 points for Ottawa, 8-13 overall and 7-4 in KCAC play. Marie Goyette added 16 points. Ottawa sweeps the regular-season series.
Angela Wood scored 23 points for Bethel, 8-7, 4-7 in KCAC play.
Bethel lost Rachel Bachman to a knee injury. Leading scorer Hannah Blackburn fouled out.
“When you include Amanda Hieber (also out with a knee injury), that’s three starters on the bench for us,” Fox said. “The ladies still battled. We ran a play at the end that was called out of bounds, and that’s how the game ended for us. I was really proud of the kids.”
Bethel hosts Bethany at 5 p.m. Saturday.
BETHEL (8-7, 4-7 KCAC) — Blackburn 3-6 3-6 9, Muckenthaler 0-4 7-9 7, Wood 9-16 2-2 23, Bachman 1-6 0-0 2, Wilson 1-5 0-0 3, Phifer 2-7 3-4 9, Blanson 1-3 1-2 3, Henry 1-6 0-0 2, Anthony 1-4 2-2 4, TOTALS 19-57 18-25 62.
OTTAWA (8-13, 7-4 KCAC) — Stone 4-8 12-12 20, Morris 0-3 1-2 1, Hartzler 2-5 1-4 5, Covey 0-1 0-0 0, Randa 2-8 4-5 8, Goyette 5-15 5-5 16, Hasenkamp 3-5 0-0 9, Gibson 2-7 2-2 7, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Mueller 0-2 0-0 0, Sprew 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 18-56 66.
Bethel 26 36 —62
Ottawa 23 43 —66
Total fouls — BC 24, OU 21. Fouled out — BC: Blackburn. OU: Goyette. 3-point shooting — BC 6-26 (Muckenthaler 0-1, Wood 3-7, Bachman 0-3, Wilson 1-5, Phifer 2-6, Henry 0-4), OU 5-20 (Morris 0-3, Hartzler 0-2, Randa 0-1, Goyette 1-3, Hasenkamp 3-5, Gibson 1-4, Nelson 0-1, Mueller 0-1). Rebounds — BC 41 (Phifer 7, Anthony 7), OU 38 (Stone 8, Goyette 8). Assists — BC 8 (Bachman 4), OU 9 (Hartzler 3). Turnovers — BC 27 (Wood 6), OU 25 (Goyette 7). Blocked shots — BC 1 (Wilson 1), OU 1 (Gibson 1). Steals — BC 10 (Wood 3), OU 14 (Goyette 5).