YANKTON, S.D. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team suffered a tough 87-85 overtime defeat at the hands of Mount Marty College on Saturday afternoon after a last-second attempt by the Warriors would not beat the final buzzer. Midland falls to 7-12 overall with a 3-8 record in Great Plains Athletic Conference action while Mount Marty improves to 10-7, 4-7 GPAC.
The Warriors shot 39.7 percent (29-of-73) from the field compared to 45.6 percent (31-of-68) for the Lancers. Mount Marty held a slight 39.4-37.5 percent edge from beyond the arc. The Warriors outrebounded the Lancers 48-35 with a sizeable 15-7 advantage in offensive boards.
Midland saw four players reaching double-figures with senior Amanda Hansen’s 21 points leading the charge. Junior Katy Gathje (16), Lexis Haase (12), and Sam Shepard (11) also reached double-digits. Haase performed well on all cylinders after leading the team with nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Senior Maddie Meadows followed with eight rebounds and three assists.
The Lancers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter before a three by Meadows had Midland trailing 8-7 with 6:58 to go. Mount Marty responded with an 11-point run to go up 19-7 with five minutes to go. Defense would buckle down over the next three minutes of play before Sam Shepard brought the score to 19-12 with a three and a jumper. Emma Shepard closed out scoring in the quarter with a three as the Warriors trailed 23-15 heading into the second quarter.
A three by Sam Shepard and jumper by Prusa pulled the Warriors within striking distance as they trailed 23-20 early in the second quarter. The teams would trade points through the quarter before a three by Emma Shepard gave Midland their first lead of the afternoon as the team went up 28-27 with 3:59 on the clock. The Warriors rolled with the momentum and scored seven-straight to go up 35-27 with just over a minute remaining. The Lancers would hit a three to wrap up the quarter as Midland held a 35-30 lead going into intermission. The Warriors outscored the Lancers 20-7 in the quarter.
Gathje would command the early goings of the third quarter after registering all eight of Midland’s opening points to see a 43-36 lead with 7:38 to go. Haase and Emma Shepard would go back-to-back with three-pointers the give the Warriors their largest lead of the contest at 49-39. The Lancers chipped away at the lead, but Midland would hold on for a 53-47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Sam Shepard would take advantage of an offensive rebound after sinking a three to bring the score to 60-52 with 6:33 to go. Freshman Lexi Kraft would come off the bench to score five-straight to bring the Midland lead to 65-52 with just over five minutes remaining. The Lancers found their groove from beyond the arc to cut the lead to 66-63 with 2:31 on the clock. Mount Marty pulled within one before a jumper and extra point from Hansen had Midland up 72-68 with under a minute to go. Late missed free-throws plagued Midland as the Lancers hit a late three to knot the score at 74-74 and send things into overtime.
Overtime featured back-and-forth action as neither team would lead by more than one point through the opening two minutes. Mount Marty sunk a three and hit two from the charity stripe to go up 83-79 with 1:16 remaining. Four more free throws by the Lancers added to the lead, but Hansen would have a senior moment and hit two three points as Midland trailed 87-85 with :10 on the clock. The Warriors looked to have an opening as the Lancers would miss two free throws with :02 on the clock. Midland would hustle down the court and send a long ball into the hoop in what looked to be a winning shot, but the shot didn’t get off prior to the buzzer as the Lancers escaped with an 87-85 victory.
The Warriors (7-12, 3-8 GPAC) return home for a tough conference matchup against No. 4 Hastings College on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.