FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team picked up a Great Plains Athletic Conference win over Doane University by a score of 79-68 on Wednesday evening inside Wikert Event Center. Midland moves to 7-11 on the year with a 3-7 clip in GPAC action while Doane falls to 1-14, 0-10 GPAC.
The Warriors shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field compared to 37.7 percent (20-of-53) for the Tigers. Midland outrebounded Doane 35-28 and received a spark from the bench en route to a 46-14 point edge in bench points on the night. Senior Amanda Hansen led the Warriors with 17 point to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Freshman Emma Shepard came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points (3-of-4 3PT). Junior Makenna Sullivan was the leading rebounder with nine and dished out five assists.
The first quarter saw Doane leading early before free-throws from freshman Lexi Kraft gave Midland the 6-5 lead. A three pointer from Hansen and free throw by junior Katy Gathje had Midland up 18-8 with under seven minutes on the clock. Neither team could find their rhythm as the next two minutes would go scoreless before a jumper from freshman Erin Prusa extended the lead to 12-8. Three pointers began to fall for Midland as Lexis Haase, sophomore Peyton Wingert, and Hansen each registered threes to put Midland up 21-8 with 3:03 to go. Wingert would cap off scoring in the quarter after a layup gave the Warriors a commanding 23-11 lead heading into the second quarter.
Midland would see their largest lead of the evening after a seven-point run, capped off by free throws from Hansen, saw the score at 34-17 with 5:38 on the clock. A pair of threes for the Tigers would narrow the lead, but a three by senior Maddie Meadows slowed the Doane roll as Midland went up 40-23 with two minutes remaining. The Shepard sisters wrapped up the second quarter after a three by Emma and free throws from sophomore Sam Shepard gave the Warriors a sizeable 45-25 lead heading into intermission.
The third quarter featured Midland going up 50-27 after a layup from Meadows, but a 10-1 scoring run by Doane gave the Tigers renewed energy. Emma Shepard would take matters into her own hands after free throws and a layup brought the score to 55-37 with 2:25 on the clock. Doane responded with a spurt of points, but Prusa would convert an offensive rebound to bring Midland’s lead to 57-42 with just over a minute to go. The Shepard sisters would work together again in attempts to preserve a comfortable lead a back-to-back threes saw Midland leading 64-47 heading into the fourth quarter.
Doane continued to find offensive success early in the quarter, but a three by freshman Kara Jennings managed to keep Midland up 70-56 with 7:07 on the clock. The Warriors couldn’t seem to find the same rhythm that was displayed early in the contest, and Doane capitalized by cutting the lead to 72-64 after a pair of free throws with three minutes to go. The Warriors took advantage of late turnovers by Doane and wrapped up the game scoring five-straight the claim a 79-68 win.
“I thought we played pretty well in the first half, making some shots and executing the way we wanted to. I thought we defended well for the most part as well,” commented head coach Shawn Gilbert. “We weren’t quite as crisp in the second half and Doane made us pay for it on numerous occasions. They made a push in the third and beginning of the fourth however I was pleased with the way our kids responded to finish the game.”
Midland (7-11, 3-7) will be back in action for a road contest against GPAC opponent Mount Marty College (9-7, 3-7 GPAC). The game is slated for Saturday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Yankton, S.D. The Warriors have won five straight against the Lancers including 68-63 and 66-58 wins last season.