HASTINGS, Neb. – Fresh off an upset victory over No. 12 Dordt, Midland University’s women’s basketball team hoped to make it two upsets in a row on Wednesday. This time, it wasn’t meant to be for the Warriors.
Going up against the No. 24 Hastings College Broncos (17-11, 12-9 GPAC), the Warriors (15-12, 10-11 GPAC) stayed close through the first half but couldn’t keep pace down the stretch as the Broncos came away with a 69-52 victory.
The Warriors held a narrow lead through the game’s first seven minutes before the Broncos took over near the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, each team scored 15 points as Midland managed to weather what could have been a big storm as the Broncos went on a 9-0 run. Instead, the Warriors battled and trailed by just four at halftime. At that point, it seemed like the crowd in Hastings would be in for a back-and-forth contest.
But, the hometown Broncos started the third quarter on a 12-2 run that put the Warriors down by 15 before anyone even knew the second half started. After the run, the Warriors couldn’t get the margin back to single digits, and Hastings led by as many as 22 before the final 17-point victory.
Hastings was led on offense by Shandra Farmer, who finished with 20 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, including being 3-5 from three-point range, and 7-8 from the free throw line. She also added five rebounds, four steals, and two assists to her final stat line.
Gabby Grasso was the only other Bronco in double figures as she finished with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Kaitlyn Schmit and Emma Grenfell combined for 17 points off the bench for the Broncos.
Senior Maddie Egr paced the Warriors with 13 points thanks to shooting 9-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Makenna Sullivan was second on the team in scoring with eight points while adding four steals and four rebounds.
Junior Amanda Hansen and freshman sub Peyton Wingert each added seven points to Midland’s total.
Ball security was an issue for both teams as the Warriors and Broncos combined for 56 turnovers on the game, leading to 29 points off turnovers for Hastings compared to just 12 such points for Midland.
While struggling to control the ball, the Warriors didn’t get into much of an offensive rhythm and converted on just 14 field goals. Fortunately, the Warriors were 20-27 from the free throw line, keeping them in the game as much as possible in the first half.
Just one more highly-ranked opponent stands in the way now as Midland is set to close out the regular season with a matchup with the No.2 Northwestern Red Raiders (24-3, 18-3 GPAC) on Saturday, February 16. Then-No. 5 Northwestern defeated Midland 95-71 in the season’s first meeting on December 8.
Tipoff for the rematch on Saturday, February 16 at Wikert Event Center is set for 2:00 p.m. The 2018-19 senior class will be honored postgame.