FAYETTE, Mo. – It was an early season rematch on Saturday afternoon as Midland University traveled to take on No. 11-ranked Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. The Warriors and Eagles faced each other in the season opener for both squads on October 31st, with Midland coming away with the victory at home. This time around it was the Eagles who came out on top with a 68-61 win.
CMU jumped out early with an 8-2 run to start the game and led by 7 points after the first quarter. They would keep Midland at arm’s length the rest of the night after expanding their lead to 15 points heading into intermission.
Midland battled back in the third, outscoring the Eagles 19-11 but never could get closer than 4 points in the second half. The fourth quarter saw the two teams play even, each scoring 20, as the Eagles picked up their fourth win of the year. They are now 4-2 on the season while the Warriors fall to 5-3.
Maddie Egr paced the Warriors with 23 points and 9 rebounds, both team-highs. Amanda Hansen and Sam Shepard both netted 11 points on the night as the Warriors shot 43.4% from the field and just 25% (5-20) from behind the arc. The Warriors struggled at the free throw line as well, going 10-17 for 58.8%.
Central Methodist actually shot worse than the Warriors in their home gym, 37.1% from the field and 15.8% from three, but were able to get to the charity stripe where they connected on 19-14 (79.2%).
Midland (5-3, 2-2 GPAC) will look to regroup on Wednesday night when they host Hastings (6-3, 2-2 GPAC). Tipoff between the Warriors and Broncos is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. inside the Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.