HILLSBORO, Kan. – Senior guard Amanda Hansen reached the 1,000-point milestone for her Warrior career as the Midland University women’s basketball team topped No. 18 Tabor College by a score of 63-55 to conclude the Tabor College Classic on Saturday night. Midland improves to 3-2 on the year while Tabor College falls to 1-3 overall.
The Warriors shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field compared to 39.3 percent (22-of-56) for the Bluejays. Midland held a 34-21 edge in rebounds. Junior forward Katy Gathje led all players with 15 points after going 7-for-7 from the field. Gathje also paced the team with seven rebounds and was followed by senior guard Maddie Meadows who contributed five. Sophomore guard Peyton Wingert recorded 11 points on the night while freshman post Erin Prusa chipped in 10. Hansen had a nine-point performance to surpass the 1,000-point milestone.
The first quarter opened with back-to-back layups from Gathje to give Midland the early 4-2 lead. Hansen would hit a three to grow the Midland lead to 7-2 with 7:49 remaining. Tabor rattled of eight-consecutive points to tie things up before a three-pointer from Meadows tied things up at 10-10. Tabor would extend the lead but a six-point run from the Warriors tied the score at 19-19 going into the second quarter.
Midland reclaimed the lead after a jumper from Gathje brought the score to 23-22 with eight minutes to go in the second quarter. The Warriors saw their largest lead of the night at 34-26 after Sam Shepard hit a three with a minute to go. The Bluejays responded with a jumper, but the Midland lead would stand at 34-28 going into the break.
The early minutes of the third quarter were defensively focused before a three from Wingert fell for the Warriors. It would be Wingert again as a three gave Midland the 40-32 edge with 6:26 on the clock. Midland saw a 43-32 lead with four minutes on the clock after yet another three from Wingert. Sophomore guard Lexis Haase hit two free-throws to close out the quarter with Midland leading 47-35.
The lead grew to 53-37 in the final quarter of play after a jumper from Hansen with 7:42 remaining. Tabor would go on a 14-2 scoring run over the next three minutes before a layup from Prusa halted the momentum and brought the Midland lead to 57-51. The teams would trade blows in the final minutes, but the Midland lead would stand as the Warriors earned a 63-55 win on the road.
The road does not get easier for the Warriors as the team is slated to face No. 1 Concordia University on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Seward, Nebraska to open Great Plains Athletic Conference play. Concordia sits at 4-0 on the year and has averaged 100 points per game in the early going.