SIOUX CITY, Iowa – A third quarter surge was not enough for Midland University’s women’s basketball team as they fell against No. 11-ranked Morningside College on Saturday afternoon, 82-60, on the road.
Morningside scored the first four points of the game and they never looked back as the Warriors trailed the rest of the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter as Midland cut the Mustangs lead down to two points. Morningside would closet the quarter with a 6-3 run though to extend their lead back out.
The second quarter consisted of several missed shots and a combined 11 turnovers between the two teams. Midland scored just nine points in the quarter shooting 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from the floor. The Warriors would go into halftime trailing the Mustangs 37-29.
Morningside came out in the third quarter and hit back-to-back shots, growing their lead to 16. Midland fought back with an 18-6 run. They hit four three-pointers in their run with back-to-back threes from Lexis Haase and one three-pointer from Emma Shepard and Kennedy Darner each. Makenna Sullivan and Katy Gathje also added points to the board by making a pair of layups. The Warriors closed out the third quarter only down by six, 52-46 while outscoring Morningside 19-13.
Haase would knock down another three-pointer to start out the fourth quarter to cut the Mustangs’ lead to three.
After trading a couple of baskets, the Mustangs went on a 25-5 tear to end the game. Morningside outscored the Warriors 30-14 in the fourth quarter knocking down five three-pointers along the way.
They outshot Midland from the floor, behind the arch, and at the free-throw line. They also won the rebound battle 40-35 and the turnover battle 21-13.
Everyone that entered the game for Midland scored with Haase leading the way with 13 points. Gathje also scored in the double-digits for Midland with 11 points.
Midland (12-8, 9-8 GPAC) will have a quick turnaround as they host Mount Marty (4-15, 2-14 GPAC) in a 6:00 p.m. game inside Wikert Event Center on Wednesday, January 27. The Warriors won the first meeting 75-47 back on November 24, 2020.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University traveled to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside College in their second meeting of the season Saturday afternoon. The 15th-ranked Mustangs caught fire against the Warriors and emerged victorious, 98-72.
The first half of the contest was highlighted by a long-range shooting duel between Warriors guard Bo Sandquist and Mustangs guard Will Pottebaum. The two guards combined for 11 of the 15 total 3 pointers that were made before the intermission. Sandquist connected on 5 of 9 from deep, while Pottebaum finishing a near-perfect 6 of 7 from deep. Pottebaum seemed unstoppable for a three-minute stretch where he single-handedly led the Mustangs on a 15-0 run, connecting on five three-point shots.
The efficient scoring was enough to give the Mustangs some breathing room going into the break, leading 49-39.
The second half proved to be much more of a challenge for the Warriors as they went cold from the field while the Mustangs offense kept clicking. Warriors’ guard Emanuel Bryson did his best to keep the team in the fight with six consecutive points to start the half, but it wouldn’t be enough to stick with the high-scoring Mustangs.
Morningside had 11 different scorers in the half and pushed their lead to as many as 21, 72-51, at the 11:07 mark.
Despite the deficit, the Warriors remained aggressive in the game, driving to the basket and earning 14 free throw attempts.
Midland was led in scoring by Bryson with 20 points, while Sandquist finished with 18 points. Jake Rueschhoff added 12 points as the third Warrior to reach double-figures.
The Warriors (4-13, 2-12 GPAC) will be back at home next week with a mid-week matchup with Mount Marty (7-14, 4-12 GPAC) on Wednesday, January 27. Midland will look to avenge a 63-49 loss on the road earlier this season. The GPAC matchup is set to tip-off at 8:00 p.m at Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.