CHICAGO, Ill. – The Midland University women’s basketball team snapped a six-game losing skid after a 92-81 win over Roosevelt University to wrap up competition at the Roosevelt Classic. Midland improves to 5-10 on the year while Roosevelt falls to 3-13 overall.
The Warriors shot 45.8 percent (33-of-72) from the field compared to 47.1 percent (32-of-68) for the Lakers. Midland outrebounded Roosevelt 47-37 with a 22-14 edge in offensive boards. The Warriors enjoyed a steady offensive distribution with four players recording double-figure points. Junior Makenna Sullivan led the team with 14 points while leading all players with 10 rebounds. Seniors Maddie Meadows and Amanda Hansen each chipped in 13 points. Meadows led the team with four steals and Hansen dished out seven assists. Freshman Lexi Kraft had 10 points and four assists.
Midland fell behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, but a six-point run would bring the Warriors right back with the score at 7-6 with 6:42 on the clock. A steal by Meadows would result in a three-point play as Sullivan dropped in a layup and hit a free throw which knotted things up at 9-9. Roosevelt would outscore Midland 9-2 before a layup from freshman Emma Shepard had the Warriors trialing 20-13 with three minutes remaining. Threes from both Emma and Sam Shepard had Midland down 24-22 with 1:23 to go. The teams would trade points down the stretch as the score stood at 30-27 heading into the second quarter.
A layup by junior Katy Gathje would give Midland their first lead of the afternoon as 31-30 just 40 seconds into the second quarter. A ten-point run, highlighted by threes from Kraft and Meadows, saw the Midland lead extend to 45-34 with just over four minutes to go in the quarter. The Lakers would not go quietly and managed to pull within three before a layup by freshman Erin Prusa gave Midland the 48-43 edge with a minute to go. Neither team would find their offensive touch as the Warriors’ lead stoop at 48-43 heading into the break.
Hansen opened the second half with a three and Meadows would get in on the action a minute later as the Warriors led 54-46 with 8:03 on the clock. The Warriors continued to capitalize on turnovers by the Lakers as a steal and layup by Sullivan had Midland leading 62-50 with five minutes remaining in the quarter. Back-to-back turnovers by Roosevelt resulted in points for Midland as the Warriors continued to enjoy a 12-point cushion. The Lakers would hit a three with under a minute to go, which Midland responded to with a layup from sophomore Peyton Wingert. The Warriors would carry a 73-64 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Lakers scored the first four points of the final quarter before two free throws from Meadows had Midland up 75-68. A six-point run by Midland had the team leading 81-72 with 6:02 to go. The Lakers looked to be gaining confidence, but a steal by Meadows halted the momentum as Kraft nailed a three to bring the lead back to 12 points. Sullivan would drop in a layup to give Midland the 92-80 lead with 1:58 on the clock, and the Lakers could muster only a free throw as the Warriors ran away with the 92-81 victory.
Midland (5-10, 1-6 GPAC) kicks off the New Year with a contest against (RV) University of Jamestown on Thursday, January 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska. The Warriors topped the Jimmies in both matchups last season.