FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team tipped off their 2018-19 season in a big way on Wednesday evening with a win over Central Methodist University. The Lady Warriors used a strong second half to down the Eagles, who are ranked No. 11 in the NAIA DI Preseason Poll, 79-62.
Both teams played even in the first half on the scoreboard with it reading 35-35 after two quarters of play. After the break, CMU’s aggressiveness got the best of them as they were whistled for five quick fouls in the first five minutes, putting Midland in the bonus.
The Warriors took advantage, stepping to the charity stripe and connecting on all seven free throws in the quarter to build a six point lead, 55-49. On the night Midland shot 20 of 24, for 83.3%.
In the fourth, Midland extended their lead as they went on a 12-2 run to open the quarter taking a 16 point lead with 7:21 to play. Freshman Sam Shepard had scored all seven of her points during the stretch, converting on three straight baskets in the paint and a free throw.
Central Methodist, who was picked to win the Heart of America conference, tried to cut into the lead but their hot shooting in the first half dissipated and Midland continued to make big shots and free throws down stretch. CMU shot just 36% in the final 20 minutes of play, going 9 of 25.
Junior Amanda Hansen was clutch at the line for the Warriors, going 9 of 11 from the stripe and finishing with a game-high 15 points. She was joined in double-figures by junior Maddie Meadows and senior Maddie Severson, who both had 12 points. CMU was led by Cheyenne Allen, who had 11 points.
Midland (1-0) will have a quick turnaround as they hit the hardwood on Thursday night down in Bellevue, Nebraska at the BU/NCC Classic. They’ll take on host (RV) Bellevue (3-0) at 7:00 p.m. inside Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.