FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team put an end to a two-game losing skid with a convincing conference victory on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 25 Warriors (6-4, 3-3 GPAC) cruised to a 72-54 win over the College of Saint Mary Flames (2-10, 1-5 GPAC) on December 1. After outscoring the Flames 30-14 in the second quarter, the Warriors never looked back.
Everything went right for Midland as the Warriors forced 27 turnovers and turned them into 32 points off turnovers. Nineteen of the Flame’s turnovers were steals for Midland. Coach Gilbert’s crew also outrebounded the Flames 36-31, with 11 of those rebounds being at the offensive end, leading to 12 second chance points.
The Warriors were 43.1 percent (28-65) from the field and 31.6 percent (12-38) from three-point range, due in large part to an offensive explosion in the second quarter.
In all, the Warriors shot 11-17 from the field in the third quarter, including 6-11 from behind the arc. The biggest swing of the game was a 21-5 run in the middle of the quarter for Midland. In the run, senior Madison Severson was 4-4 from behind the arc, including hitting threes on three straight Warriors possessions at one point.
Severson finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-8 shooting from the field and 5-7 from three-point range. The point guard also contributed five assists, three steals, two rebounds, and two blocks.
After the outburst in the second quarter, the Flames and Warriors played to a 30-30 tie in the second half, but the Warriors had built too big of a gap for the Flames to overcome. Fourteen different Warriors touched the floor for Coach Gilbert in the contest, and 10 of them found their way into the scorebook.
Junior Amanda Hansen contributed 13 points on 5-12 shooting from the field. Hansen, like Severson, filled the stat sheet with five steals, three assists, three rebounds, and zero turnovers in a team-high 31 minutes.
Senior forward Maddie Egr was the only other Warrior in double figures as she finished with 11 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. Egr also had six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in the contest.
The Warriors picked up a much needed win after dropping each of their previous two games. Every win is an important one for the Warriors in 2018-19 as the grueling GPAC schedule never takes a week off.
Midland has back-to-back road games versus ranked conference opponents scheduled for next week in No. 8 Morningside and No. 5 Northwestern. The Warriors start with the Mustangs on Wednesday, December 5, with a 6:00 p.m. tipoff in Sioux City, Iowa.