ABOVE: Marissa Evans, senior guard, drives to the basket during a Lady Builder offensive play. The Lady Builders beat Ottawa University 87-62 on Saturday. (Tessa Castor/Staff Photographer)

RJay McCoy
Staff reporter

Builder women’s basketball opened up their 2019-20 home schedule with a convincing win over the Lady Braves of Ottawa by a score of 87-62. The conference win for the Lady Builders moves them to 1-1 in conference play and 4-2 overall for the season.

Prior to the matchup, the Lady Builders opened up conference play at Bethel College on Nov. 13th, losing 64-61 against the Threshers. The Braves, coming into the matchup, have been winless against KCAC foes, losing their first game 86-66 to Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The first quarter was capped off with a run by the Lady Builders that ultimately won them the quarter in the scoring column, finishing the first quarter 24-14. This quarter, the Lady Builders shot 10-16 from the field converting on three-point attempts 3 out of 4 times.

After the first quarter, the Lady Builders didn’t look back not giving up the lead and expanding the lead to 34 points throughout the game to end the game.

Marissa Evans, Wichita native and senior guard for the lady builders led all scoring with 20 points on 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 assists shooting 9-15 from the field.

“After Wednesday’s game, our coach really challenged us on how we would respond and see if it would affect us in a negative way. I’m really proud of how we played tonight and excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for us,” said Marissa Evans.

Senior center for the Lady Builders, Claren McCormick, held down the paint accumulating 3 blocks and 4 rebounds and shooting 1-3 on field-goal attempts and 1-1 from behind the three-point line.

“Tonight felt amazing. We put a lot of hard work in and to see it paying off is a great feeling on the court. It’s also great to share this win tonight with the rest of the school. Seeing people show up in a big way to support us on the game day means a lot and we appreciate the support throughout the season,” said McCormick.

Other impact starters for the Builders of the night were Sydney Webb and Jazmyne Laskey, combining for 23 points as a duo. Laskey led all assist totals for the Builders with six on the night.

The bench really came together in the win for the Lady Builders as the bench put together 40 points. The bench shot 17-23 from the field for the game, 4-9 from three-point range, had 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the game. Key players to come off the bench for the game were Rylee Barnes, Ashely Carrillo, Charon Cheatham, and Makala Canada.

“We went out there this evening and did the assignment coach gave us going into the game. It was simple before the game just to play hard and have fun,” said Makala Canada, a senior guard for the Lady Builders.

Come out and support the Lady Builders as they continue conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 20th as they host Avila University in Stewart Fieldhouse at 6 pm.