FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team fell victim to a fourth-quarter burst by (RV) University of Jamestown en route to an 85-76 loss in Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Thursday night. Midland drops to 5-11, 1-7 GPAC while Jamestown improves to 9-5, 4-4 GPAC.
Midland shot 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field compared to 52.5 percent (31-of-59) for Jamestown. The Warriors were more efficient beyond the arc as the team shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) compared to 33.3 percent (8-of-25) by the Jimmies. Jamestown outrebounded Midland 37-24, but the Warriors won the turnover battle after forcing 23 and committing 15 on the night.
The senior duo of Amanda Hansen and Maddie Meadows led the scoring charge with 25 and 23 points, respectively. Meadows was clutch from three after going 5-of-7 and led all players with nine rebounds. Junior Makenna Sullivan registered five assists to go along with four steals. Sophomores Peyton Wingert and Sam Shepard each contributed seven points on the night.
The Warriors found their groove early after sinking four three pointers early in the opening quarter to take a 12-7 lead. The teams traded free throw opportunities before a Meadows three extended Midland’s lead to 17-12 with 4:56 to go. Turnovers would plague the Warriors as an eight-point run had the Jimmies leading 25-21 with :56 on the clock. Midland managed to regroup and knotted things up at 25-25 heading into the second quarter.
The teams traded points to open the second quarter as a three by Sam Shepard brought the score to 29-29 with 8:12 on the clock. The Warriors responded to each effort made by Jamestown and saw a 37-33 lead with five minutes to go after a three by Meadows. Jamestown clawed their way back to tie things up before two free throws by Hansen gave Midland the 41-39 edge with 2:53 to go. The Warriors maintained a narrow lead through the final minutes, but a layup by the Jimmies with :04 saw Midland trailing 44-43 heading into the break.
Midland reclaimed the lead after a layup from junior Katy Gathje and three by Hansen gave their team the 48-46 edge early in the third quarter. The Jimmies tied things up again, but back-to-back layups by Hansen had Midland up 52-48 with 5:50 on the clock. Hansen would continue to enjoy the hot hand after dropping in a layup and nailing a three to extend the lead to 57-51 with under five minutes to go. Hansen would force a Jamestown turnover with resulted in a layup by Meadows to give Midland the 61-53 lead with three minutes to go. Jamestown would go on a 6-3 run through the final minutes to narrow the Warriors’ lead to 64-59 heading into the final quarter.
Neither team could find their offensive touch early in the fourth quarter as Jamestown opened the scoring charge with a layup nearly three minutes into the quarter. Hansen would respond, as she had all evening, with a three the bring Midland’s lead to 67-61 with 7:04 to go. Turnovers and miscommunication by the Warriors would allow for a 12-point Jamestown run to give the Jimmies a 73-67 lead with 4:15 to go. Free throws and yet another three by Meadows would keep Midland within striking distance as they trailed 75-73 with under two minutes to go. The Jimmies would go 7-of-7 from the charity stripe through the final minute to run away with the 85-76 win.
Midland (5-11, 1-7 GPAC) continues their homestand with a Saturday afternoon matchup against conference foe Briar Cliff University on January 4. Tipoff is slated for 2:00 p.m.