FREMONT, Neb. – The Midland University women’s basketball team returned to Wikert Event Center as the Warriors played host to Central Methodist University in nonconference action on Saturday night. The homecoming was spoiled as a sharp shooting CMU team ran away with an 87-56 victory. The Eagles began the year unranked but currently find themselves the No. 12 team in the NAIA Division I.
Midland falls to 4-6 on the year while Central Methodist improves to 7-1 overall. The Eagles held the Warriors to 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field while shooting 55 percent (33-of-60). Central Methodist, which ranks first in NAIA Division I in points per game (91.6), also found its touch from beyond the arc and shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) compared to 25.9 percent (7-of-27) for Midland.
Junior Makenna Sullivan led the Warriors with 13 points and five rebounds. Seniors Amanda Hansen and Maddie Meadows each contributed eight points. Hansen notched four steals to lead both teams while freshman Lexi Kraft led Midland with four assists.
Central Methodist charged to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter before a three from sophomore Lexis Haase brought the score to 11-5 with 3:24 to go. The Eagles would go on a 9-0 run to close out the first quarter with a 20-5 lead.
The Eagles scored the first four points of the second quarter before a layup from Hansen saw Midland trailing 24-7 with six minutes on the clock. The Warriors enjoyed a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 30-21 with 3:45 remaining in the quarter. Sophomore Casey Thompson hit a jumper to close out scoring and narrow the Eagle’s lead to 34-23 heading into intermission.
The teams traded points to open the third quarter, but a 13-2 run from Central Methodist extended the lead to 62-36 with 1:27 to go. A jumper from senior Laura Speer would bring the score to 62-38 heading into the final quarter.
The Eagles continued to build on the lead through the fourth quarter and saw their largest lead of the night as a three brought the score to 82-48 with four minutes to go. Two free throws and a three from senior Jada Simpson brought the score to 84-56 with 1:49 on the clock. Central Methodist scored the final points of the evening to take an 87-56 win.
Midland (4-6, 1-3 GPAC) returns to conference action as they host No. 8 Morningside College (6-2, 3-1 GPAC) on Wednesday, December 4 with tipoff set for 6:00 p.m.