CRETE, Neb. – Midland University used a strong second half to get past Doane University on Wednesday night. After trailing by eight at the halftime break, the Warriors outscored the home team by 13 in the third on their way to an 88-77 road win. Midland improves to 6-4 (1-2 GPAC) on the season while Doane falls to 4-6 (0-4 GPAC).
The Warriors got in early foul trouble with 12 whistles coming their way in the first 20 minutes of play. That led to 13 attempts from the line for the Tigers were the converted on 11. On the other end Midland went 5-5 from the charity strip in the first half after Doane was called for just eight fouls.
During the second half the fouling trend continued as the two teams went to the line a combined 27 times. Midland took advantage hitting 16 of 23 while limiting the Tigers to just six shots from the free throw line.
“We were not very good defensively in the first half,” head coach Shawn Gilbert stated. “Doane did a great job of attacking us and we didn’t respond very well. In the third quarter we reestablished ourselves defensively and kept them off of the line. We played tough the last five minutes of the game, executed well and go the victory.”
Joelle Overkamp led all scorers with 26 points in the game. She added seven rebounds, four steal and a pair of assists. Maddie Egr, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half scored all 15 of her points in the second while Madison Severson and Megan Kucks both score in double-digits with 13 and 12 respectively. Kucks also dished out a team high five assists.
Midland will be on the road once again this weekend as they travel to take on No. 10 Morningside (9-2, 4-0 GPAC) on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.