By Paige Carswell
Staff reporter

The women’s basketball team had to use a 27-17 halftime lead to hold on for a 57-50 victory over Ottawa Thursday evening.

The women committed 15 turnovers in the second half, handed out only six assists and were outscored 33-30, but were able to maintain their lead the entire time to improve their conference record to 11-4. The win means Lady Builders are still tied with Bethel College for third place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The women were led by sophomore forwards Tylar Hartfield and Jasmine Jackson, who had 12 points each.  Hartfield had a double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds.

Ottawa was led by Misty Stone, senior forward, with 18 points and Emma Hartzler, junior guard, with 12 points.

Southwestern scored 39 of their points in the paint, nine off of second chances and 14 off of Braves’ turnovers.

They travel to Tabor College Saturday, where they will take on the sixth-place Lady Bluejays.

Paige Carswell is a junior majoring in journalism. You may e-mail her at paige.carswell@sckans.edu.