FREMONT, Neb. – With the offense cold and the game beginning to slip away, it was gut-check time for Midland University’s women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors proved once again that they will never go away without showing some grit.
The (RV) Warriors (14-11, 9-10 GPAC) erased a 12-point deficit and battled all the way back to steal a 67-61 overtime victory away from the University of Jamestown Jimmies (12-13, 6-11 GPAC).
Midland couldn’t buy a basket in the middle stages of the game and went into halftime ice cold as Jamestown finished the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take an eight-point lead. The Warriors put only four points on the board in the second quarter of play.
The Jimmies led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, but the Warriors did just enough to hang around and only trailed by three to start the fourth quarter.
Midland never led in the second half of play, but never let the Jimmies get out of reach. Senior Maddie Egr led the charge for Midland as she was virtually unstoppable in the post in the game’s latter stages.
Egr finished with a game- and career-high 31 points, 12 of which came in the all-important fourth quarter of play. She also finished with a double-double with 12 rebounds and even knocked down a three-pointer, a true sign that the forward was in the zone.
After a pair of free throws at the other end from Jamestown, the Warriors need a three-pointer on their final possession. They got it with four seconds remaining on the clock as freshman Lexis Haase connected on perhaps the biggest shot in her young career.
Haase, after scoring just three points combined in Midland’s previous two games, finished with 10 points and connected on two three-pointers, both coming in the fourth quarter.
With momentum fully back in their favor, the Warriors outscored the Jimmies 9-3 in the five-minute overtime period to capture a 67-61 victory. Egr scored Midland’s first six points in overtime.
Egr and Haase were the only Warriors in double figures, but got some help as junior Amanda Hansen and freshman Sam Shepard each finished with eight points.
Jamestown was led by the duo of Jenna Doyle and Noelle Josephson who finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Doyle was 6-7 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line as the duo combined for nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
The Warriors were certainly not at their best as they only shot 32.8 percent (21-64) from the field and 28 percent (7-25) from deep, but managed to erase a horrendous second quarter and come all the way back for an impressive and gritty conference victory.
With just three games remaining, all against teams either ranked or receiving votes, this win is crucial in helping the Warriors hold on to seventh place in the GPAC standings, keeping them in the postseason conference tournament field as of now.
Midland now gets a week to prepare for next Saturday’s contest with No. 14 Dordt (18-8, 11-7 GPAC). Earlier this season Dordt and Midland played a thrilling overtime game in Fremont. A game the Defenders came away with a narrow 94-93 victory. Tipoff for the rematch in Sioux Center, Iowa on February 9 is set for 2:00 p.m.
FREMONT, Neb. – For the second straight game, Midland University’s men’s basketball team played host to a conference foe that boasts a high-powered offense. For the second straight game, the Warriors couldn’t find a way to slow their roll.
The Warriors (10-16, 5-12 GPAC) battled early on but couldn’t keep pace in the second half versus the No. 18 University of Jamestown Jimmies (22-4, 12-4 GPAC) and ultimately fell by a final score of 92-70.
Jamestown was led by Kevin Oberweiser who torched the Warriors for 30 points, 28 of which came in the first half. Oberweiser was 11-15 from the field, including an 8-11 mark from three-point range. The guard hit three straight threes to open the game for the Jimmies.
Three other Jimmies finished in double figures, including Terrell Alfred off the bench who notched 18 points on 7-8 shooting (4-5 3FG) from the field. Brock Schrom (14) and Jack Talley (10) also scored in double digits.
With a shortened roster, junior Isaiah Workman led the Warriors in points with 20 off the bench on 7-11 shooting. Senior Luke Cadzow found his stroke from the outside and totaled 12 points thanks to going 4-5 from three-point range.
Freshman Dillon Faubel was the only other Warrior in double figures as he finished with 10 points, all coming in the game’s first 10 minutes. Faubel tweaked his ankle during a defensive possession for Midland and was not at 100 percent for much of the game.
The Warriors stayed close with the Jimmies for the first 10 minutes and only trailed by two after a three-point play from Faubel. An 18-5 run immediately after Faubel’s bucket pushed the Jamestown lead to 17, but Midland managed to cut the deficit to 10 at the halftime break.
Midland managed to get as close as six points from the lead after a basket from senior Tyler Craven with 16 minutes to play, but the Jimmies kept hitting shots and managed to pull away as the game moved on.
Jamestown led by as many as 26 before finishing off the 22-point win. The Jimmies were 59 percent from both the field (38-64) and three-point range (16-27) in the game. After a scorching hot first half in which the Jimmies were 11-16 from deep, they moved the ball inside and found ways to score from anywhere on the court, and Midland had no answer defensively.
The Warriors finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field (25-56) and from three-point range (8-18), which is far superior to some shooting performances they have had this season. The difference in the game was ball movement as Jamestown continuously rotated the ball around the court, leading to a 21-9 assist advantage for the Jimmies.
This was Midland’s third straight game versus a ranked conference opponent, quietly making this current stretch one of the toughest on the schedule this season.
The Warriors have a week to prepare for their next game as they will travel to Sioux Center, Iowa for a matchup with (RV) Dordt (16-10, 8-8). Dordt beat Midland 83-80 in the season’s first meeting back on December 15, 2018. Tipoff for the rematch on Saturday, February 9 is set for 4:00 p.m.