FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University took the court Saturday afternoon as they faced Northwestern College for the second time this season. The Warriors started out hot and held their own during the first half before the Raiders pull away in the second for the 85-56 win.
Midland’s offense was hitting on all cylinders early as Bo Sandquist and Arturo Montes connected on a trio of three-point shots each in the first half. Laurence Merritt also connected on a three-pointer and displayed great floor vision on his way to four first-half assists. As a team, the Warriors connected on seven shots from behind the arc in the first half and were 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the field.
The Raiders’ offense was also clicking and they were led by freshman Alex Van Kalsbeek, who had 16 points in the half. Northwestern shot 17-of-27 (62.9%) from the field as a team and led 42-39 at the intermission.
The two halves were a tale of different stories for the Warriors as their offense lost its spark in the second half. That was compounded by an 8-0 run by the Raiders to start the half. Their run grew to 15-2 by the 14:20 mark of the half before Midland used another timeout to try and stop the Raiders’ momentum.
After ending the run and playing even for a few minutes, the Warriors’ struggles on offensive continued as they missed seven of their next eight shots from behind the arc and the Northwestern lead ballooned to 72-49 with 6:32 to go. Midland would go on a quick 5-0 run to make it an 18-point game but the Raiders closed out the game with their own run of 13-2.
Midland shot a frigid 2-of-21 (9.5%) from three-point range and 5-of-30 (16.7%) overall from the field in the second half. Northwestern was 17-of-31 (54.8%) and 4-of-11 (36.4%) from three in the half.
Sandquist led the team in scoring with 14 points while Emanuel Bryson added 12 points as they were the only players in double-figures.
Midland (4-15, 2-14 GPAC) will have a full week to rest up and regroup before their next game. They’ll take on Jamestown (15-5, 11-4 GPAC) on Saturday, February 6th in Jamestown, North Dakota. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. inside Harold Newman Arena.
FREMONT, Neb. – Another late third-quarter push by Midland University’s women’s basketball team was not enough as (RV) Northwestern College was able to pull out the 70-56 win on Saturday afternoon.
Midland started out in the first quarter shooting cold, 3-for-17, and the Raiders took advantage. They built a lead as high as 14 in the quarter and held a 24-11 advantage at the break.
In the second quarter, the teams traded steals and turnovers, combining for 11 turnovers in the period. Even when they weren’t turning the ball over, it was a struggle to get anything offensively going. Every time that Midland tried to cut into the Raiders’ lead, Northwestern had a response. The Warriors would outscore the Raiders 15-12 in the second, cutting the lead to 36-26 heading into halftime.
With Northwestern leading by a dozen points, 45-33, with five minutes left in the third quarter, Peyton Wingert led the Warriors on a 13-3 run to cut it down to two points. Wingert had 8 of the 13 points in the stretch with Makenna Sullivan providing a layup and Lexis Haase hitting a three-pointer to make it a two-point game with 35 seconds left in the period. Before the end of the period, the Raiders would hit a three-pointer of their own to close out the quarter with a 51-46 lead.
Northwestern halted the Warriors’ run at the start of the fourth and they built their lead back to double-digits as the quarter played out. Sullivan did everything she could to help keep Midland in the game in hopes of another late rally. However, her eight points in the quarter was nearly all the offense as the Warriors scored just 10 in the final period.
Overall, it was a cold shooting day for the Warriors inside their home gym. They shot 19-of-64 (29.7 percent) from the floor and 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from behind the arch. Sullivan and Wingert both ended the contest with 18 points to lead the Warriors. Sullivan added four steals while Wingert pulled in nine rebounds, both team-highs as well.
Midland (13-9, 10-9 GPAC) will have a week to rest before their next game on Saturday, February 6. They’ll travel to North Dakota to take Jamestown (13-7, 10-7 GPAC) in a 2:00 p.m. game inside Harold Newman Arena. The Warriors won the first meeting 75-74 back on January 7.