YANKTON, S.D. – Midland University women’s basketball picked up the win in an overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon over Mount Marty College. The Warriors (5-2, 2-2 GPAC) defeated the Lancers (3-4, 0-4 GPAC) by a final score of 66-58 in Yankton, South Dakota, outscoring the home team 11-3 in the extra period.
In a game that saw five lead changes and five ties, the Warriors actually trailed for most of regulation. After Midland took a 15-14 lead after the first quarter, Mount Marty controlled the second quarter, leading by as many as nine in the period. The Lancers held on to a 27-20 lead at halftime.
Midland inched closer in the third quarter and even tied the game briefly before falling behind again, entering the fourth quarter with a six-point deficit.
Much like the third quarter, the Warriors fought back to tie the game with just under seven minutes to play in regulation. But again, the Lancers responded and extended their lead back to as many as seven with five minutes remaining.
After that, the Warriors finished the fourth quarter on a 13-6 run. With less than three minutes to play in the period, a three-pointer for junior Amanda Hansen pulled the Warriors to within one. Following a Mount Marty free throw, junior Maddie Meadows sank a three of her own to give Midland a 53-52 lead with 1:15 on the clock, the Warriors’ first lead since the start of the second quarter.
On the Lancers’ next possession, Sammy Kasowski’s three-pointer put Mount Marty back in front with under a minute to play. But, a jumper from Hansen tied the game with 30 seconds left, forcing overtime. Kasowski missed a last-second jumper for the win on Mount Marty’s final possession.
The Warriors rode their momentum into overtime, scoring the first six points of the period to take a 61-55 lead. After a Kasowski free throw, Mount Marty was forced to start fouling. The Warriors were 5-6 from the line in the final minute of overtime, securing the 66-58 win.
Free throws were a huge factor in the Warriors’ comeback victory. Midland shot 70 percent (17-24) from the line, including going 16-20 in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Warriors held onto the ball throughout the game as well, winning the turnover battle 12-6, and outrebounded the Lancers 45-34.
The Warriors were led by senior Maddie Egr, who finished with a game-high 17 points on 5-13 shooting from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line. Egr recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds while also pitching in three blocks and a steal.
Freshman Lexis Haase was second on the team in scoring with 13 points off the bench to go with six rebounds, a block, and a steal. The Warriors also got double-digit performances from Hansen (12 points) and senior Madison Severson (10 points).
After a pair of tough losses to the top two teams in the country, the Warriors are back on track with a pair of road conference wins leading into the Thanksgiving holiday week.
The Warriors take the court again Saturday for a rematch with NAIA Division I’s No. 11 Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri. Midland upset the Eagles 79-62 in their season opener on Halloween in Fremont, Nebraska. Tipoff for the return game of the series is set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24th.