JAMESTOWN, N.D. – In the always difficult Great Plains Athletic Conference, it’s important for teams to have short memories after close losses. Midland University’s women’s basketball team did just that on its way to a bounce-back victory on Saturday at University of Jamestown.
The No. 24 Warriors (10-7, 5-6 GPAC) picked up an important road victory on Saturday with a 77-65 win over the Jimmies (10-9, 4-7 GPAC). The win comes after the Warriors dropped a close game on Wednesday at home to the Briar Cliff Chargers.
Midland finished the game with a shooting percentage of 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field, but connected on 83.9 percent (26-31) of its free throw attempts. The Warriors outrebounded the Jimmies 36-27, 11 such rebounds being offensive.
The Warriors forced 24 Jamestown turnovers and converted them into 26 points. Good discipline helped the Warriors as well, as they were called for just 10 personal fouls all game compared to 25 for the Jimmies.
Junior Amanda Hansen led the scoring for the Warriors with 16 points on just 4-7 shooting from the field and a 6-8 clip from the free throw line. Hansen also added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals to her final line.
Freshman Lexis Haase came off the bench to notch 13 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. Haase led the charge for a bench unit that outscored the Jamestown reserves 38-25. Sophomore Katy Gathje also had 10 points off the bench on 4-5 shooting from the field.
Senior Maddie Egr was the other Warrior in double figures as she finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
Jamestown had two double-digit scorers in Jenna Doyle and Allison Jablonsky. Doyle finished with 17 points on a perfect 8-8 shooting performance from the field, while Jablonsky came off the bench to notch 12 points, aided by three made three-pointers.
The first quarter was evenly matched as Jamestown held a narrow 16-15 advantage after the first 10 minutes. A Peyton Wingert three-pointer put the Warriors ahead by one with under a minute to play before Doyle responded with a basket of her own to give the Jimmies the lead.
Midland took command in the second quarter, outscoring the Jimmies 24-9 in the period. The Warriors went on two separate scoring runs, one being 8-0 and the other being an 11-0 run to end the half, sparked by a Hansen three-pointer with just under two minutes to play.
The third quarter also went in favor of the Warriors as they outscored Jamestown 21-14. The Jimmies managed to cut the deficit to eight after a strong start to the half, but Midland responded and extended the lead to as many as 21 thanks to a 6-0 run to finish the period.
Jamestown fought hard in the fourth quarter, but the Jimmies had dug too deep of a whole to get out of. Despite outscoring the Warriors 26-17 in the final 10 minutes, the Jimmies couldn’t get closer than six points away from the lead. Midland only made three field goals in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors converted on 10 of their 11 free throw attempts to hold on to the 77-65 victory.
Every win for the Warriors is crucial as the GPAC conference presents a new challenge every single week. After dropping the first game of 2019 to Briar Cliff, the Warriors needed this win against Jamestown. Now, they turn their attention to Doane.
Midland welcomes the Doane Tigers (3-15, 0-11) to Wikert Event Center on Wednesday, January 9. The Warriors defeated Doane 66-47 in Crete, Nebraska back on November 14. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 6:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.