WICHITA- The Newman women's basketball team will look to snap a two-game losing skid Tuesday evening when they host the NAIA Ottawa Braves. Tip-time is slated for 5:30 p.m. inside Newman's Fugate Gymnasium.
About the Jets...
Newman is off to a 6-4 start this season, including the squad's first-ever win over in-state rival Fort Hays, and a win over regional Catholic rival Rockhurst in the championship game of the Catholic Collegiate Invitational. Newman's only losses came in an 83-71 loss to Pittsburg State on Nov. 16 in Pittsburg, and in a 75-64 decision to No. 17 Wayne State on Nov. 26 in Wichita.
The Jets are led by Philicia Kelly, a 5-9 junior transfer from Labette Community College who is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game after a 24-point, five-rebound outing in Newman's 69-66 loss to Peru State Saturday in Peru, Neb. Rhea Codio, a transfer guard from the University of Kansas, scores 13.3 points and dishes out 4.1 assists per game for the Jets as the team's point guard, while Tasha Cannon can be counted on for 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in the paint.
As a team, the Jets have held their opponents to a .395 collective field goal percentage, and out-rebound opposing teams by a 38.7-34.5 margin.
The Braves bring a 4-8 record into Tuesday's contest after a 59-51 win over Tabor College Saturday in Hillsboro. After losing five-straight games to start the 2010-11 season, Ottawa picked up their first win with a 100-82 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan on Nov. 20, and has won one out of every two games since then to pull to 4-8 on the season. Newman is the first NCAA Div. II team to play the Braves.
Maggie Hasenkamp has emerged as Ottawa's leading scorer this season. The 5-7 senior center is averaging 11.0 points per game through 12 games in the 2010-11 season. Amber Ramsey, a 5-11 freshman forward, is averaging 9.0 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game in her first season with the Braves.
Tonight's game will count as an exhibition for Ottawa.
This will be the 19th meeting between the Jets and the Braves. Newman holds a 12-7 lead in the all-time series, and picked up a 60-47 win over Ottawa in their last meeting on Dec. 29, 2009 inside Newman's Fugate Gymnasium.