FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team battled until the final buzzer but fell to No. 9 Dordt University in Saturday afternoon Great Plains Athletic Conference action. Midland falls to 8-16 on the year and 4-12 in the GPAC while Dordt improves to 20-4 overall and 12-4 in the league.
Midland shot 38.8 percent (26-of-67) from the field compared to 46.2 percent (30-of-65) for Dordt. Both teams benefitted from free throws as Midland went 24-for-33 and Dordt went 22-of-31. The Defenders outrebounded the Warriors 44-30 and came away with 16 steals compared to five for Midland. Senior Amanda Hansen led Midland with 18 points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomores Lexis Haase and Sam Shepard chipped in 14 points and 10 points, respectively. Haase led the Warriors with seven rebounds.
Midland went up 4-0 early in the opening quarter after free throws by Hansen and junior Katy Gathje. Dordt battled back to tie things up because a three by senior Maddie Meadows saw the Warriors up 7-4 with 7:15 on the clock. Free throws kept Midland up through much of the first quarter before a six-point run had Midland down 21-14 with two minutes to go. Hansen and Haase would record points down the stretch, but Midland ended the quarter trailing 28-21.
Junior Makenna Sullivan opened the second quarter with a layup which was followed by back-to-back buckets by Prusa and Hansen to see Midland trailing by one point. Turnovers by the Warriors would play into a ten-point run for the Defenders before a three by Sam Shepard brought the score to 38-30 with 4:25 to go. Dordt continued to pressure the Warriors and built back a double-digit lead as Midland went into the break trailing 47-36.
A layup by Hansen, followed by a steal and bucket by Sullivan brought the score to 47-40 just moments into the third quarter. Another three by Sam Shepard would halt a Dordt run that had Midland down 59-45 with six minutes remaining. The Warriors would go on a run of their own as eleven-straight, capped off by a Haase layup, brought the score to 68-56 with 1:22 to go. Late free throws and a three by freshman Lexi Kraft saw Midland trailing 70-61 heading into the final quarter.
The Defenders got out to a hot start in the fourth quarter before a three by Meadows slowed things down. The teams traded points down the stretch, but the Warriors began chipping away at the lead midway through the quarter. Kraft knocked down a three with 1:56 on the clock to find Midland down just 84-78. The Warriors struggled to find a rebound down the stretch and fell by a final score of 90-82.
Midland (8-16, 4-12 GPAC) kicks off a four-game road stretch on Wednesday, February 5 at No. 7 Morningside College. The Warriors fell by a score of 89-66 when the teams faced in early December.