FREMONT, Neb. – Three players scored in double-figures as the Midland University women’s basketball team cruised past Nebraska Christian College by a score of 86-46 to kick off the BU-NCC Classic on Thursday night. The Warriors improved to 1-1 on the season while the Sentinels fell to 0-3 overall.
Freshman Erin Prusa was 6-of-7 from the field and led the Warriors in scoring with 14 points. Junior Katy Gathje and senior Amanda Hansen also reached double-digits with 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Senior Maddie Meadows led the team in assists with five while sophomore Casey Thompson was the leading rebounder with five on the night.
Midland had a 33-27 edge in rebounds, including 14-7 on the offensive glass. The Warriors shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) while holding the Sentinels to 31.8 percent (14-of-44). Midland forced 27 turnovers and held a 41-7 edge in points off turnovers.
Midland forced three turnovers early in the first quarter and took advantage by going up 9-4 after a layup from Gathje. The Warriors would outscore NCC 12-5 down the stretch to take a 22-9 lead at the end of opening quarter. Midland continued to capitalize on turnovers from the opposition and claimed a 25-point lead after a layup from Prusa brought the score to 34-9 with six minutes to go in the second quarter. It would be a Prusa layup again to give the Warriors a commanding 53-19 lead going into the break.
Nebraska Christian was 5-of-11 from three in the third quarter, but Midland responded in stride to keep the game out of reach. Third quarter scoring would be capped off by a late layup from junior Makenna Sullivan to bring the lead to 72-35 entering the final ten minutes. An offensive rebound by Hansen would result in a layup from freshman Lexi Kraft to give the Warriors their largest lead of the night a 76-36 with 9:01 on the clock. Midland would hit two three-pointers and a free-throw in the final two minutes to seal the deal as the Warriors ran away with an 86-46 victory.
The Warriors will have a quick turnaround as they hit the court today in Bellevue, Nebraska to continue the BU/NCC Classic. The Warriors take on host (RV) Bellevue University (2-1) at 3:00 p.m. inside the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center