SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University was unable to compete the season sweep of No. 4 Briar Cliff University on Wednesday night, falling by a score of 84-64. The Warriors defeated the Chargers have traveled different paths since their first meeting back in early December. Since then Briar Cliff has gone 10-1 while Midland has gone 3-9. MU is now 11-12 (3-10 GPAC) on the season while BCU improves to 21-3 (10-2 GPAC).
The Warriors got into a foul trouble in the first half as Ryan Williams, Nick Wood and Shak Triplett all picked of a pair of personals. The Chargers turned those fouls into multiple trips from to the free throw line where they were 7-8.
Chase Parsons kept Midland close with 10 first half points, including a pair of three pointers. Williams also hit threes for eight points at the half. BCU was led by Jackson Lamb’s 12 and Josh Belling’s 16 first half points as they took a 46-35 lead into the locker room.
In the second half BCU continued to attack the Warriors. The fouls to the Midland big men continued as Wood was forced to the bench with four quick whistles going against the Warriors early. Briar Cliff would extend their lead to 71-51 midway through the half.
Fouls would start to mount for the Chargers though Midland couldn’t capitalize. The Warriors went cold from all over as BCU continued to hit from distance.
Briar Cliff finished the game with 14 made three pointers while Midland made just 8.
Parsons would net just one bucket in the second half to finish with a team high 12 points. Triplett was next highest with 9 points in his Midland debut.
For Briar Cliff, Lamb capped off his night with a game high 21 points. Belling had 16 and Jay Wolfe added 13 as the Chargers spread the ball around. Ten different players scored.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University went into the Newman Flanagan Center on Wednesday night looking to avenge an early season loss to Briar Cliff University. They do just that as they defeated the Chargers 80-77. Amanda Hansen would lead the Warriors with 20 points as they improved to 11-13 (6-8 GPAC) on the year.
In the first half the two teams traded baskets and were tied after the first, 19-19. Midland would take the lead on their first possession on a Megan Kucks jumper. They would extend it to as many as seven before BCU got their first points of the quarter.
The Chargers fought back to tie the game as the quarter wound down. With the game tied at 31 all with just over a minute to play Maddie Meadows was fouled as she crashed the boards for a put back. She converted on the free throw to put the Warriors back up three and then after a defensive stop, Amanda Hansen‘s heave from half court found the bottom of the net to give Midland the 37-31 halftime lead.
Just as Midland started the second on a 7-0 run, BCU did the same coming out of the locker room. They would take the 38-37 lead before Maddie Egr sank a pair of free throws to regain the lead. It would be a back and forth affair after that as neither team could get more than a one possession lead.
With time running down, BCU hit a pair of three pointers to go up six points, 59-53. They would continue their momentum in the fourth as they hit layup to go up eight. Joelle Overkamp would hit a jumper in the lane and then assist Meadows on a three the next trip end the drought but BCU’s lead stayed steady as they matched the Warriors’ effort.
Midway through the final quarter aggressive play started to take its toll as BCU got into foul trouble. They had their first player disqualified at the 4:51 mark, the same point where Midland was able to tie the game at 66 apiece.
BCU would move into the bonus less than a minute later as Midland’s foul trouble started to creep up. After a pair of missed free throws, Overkamp would give the Warriors the lead at 69-66. That would be a lead would not relinquish.
With 2:30 left, the Chargers’ would lose another player to fouls. Egr would step to the line and hit both free throws. As a team, Midland would go 9-11 to end the game. They were excellent from the stripe for the game hitting 31 of 34. Briar Cliff was just 14-22 for the game.
In addition to Hansen’s 20 point night, Midland had three other in double-digits. Both Egr and Overkamp finished with 16 while Kucks had 15.
“Any time you can go on the road and shoot 31 of 34 free throws you’ve got an opportunity to win,” head coach Shawn Gilbert commented. “We did a good job of limiting their second chances after halftime. We gave up to many offensive rebounds early on.”
“When we were down six of seven there in the final quarter, I told them we’ve got to play tough. We able to execute down the stretch. The recipe to winning on the road is getting to the free throw line and out kids did that tonight.”
Up next for Midland is a road game at Dordt (10-13, 5-9 GPAC) on Saturday, January 27. The Warriors and Defenders will tipoff at 2:00 p.m. inside De Witt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.