FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University took the court Wednesday night for their last home game of the season, facing Doane University inside Wikert Event Center. The Warriors’ strong three-point shooting led them to a narrow victory over the Tigers, 75-71.
Midland found their offensive rhythm early. In the first half, they shot 15-of-30 from the field and were 10-of-17 from three-point range. The offensive attack was spearheaded by Bo Sandquist and Arturo Montes, who combined to go 8-of-13 from long range and each had 12 points.
The Warriors ended the half with eight of their final nine made field goals being from behind the arc. The hot shooting powered them to a 42-34 advantage at the break.
To begin the second half, Doane connected on six of their first seven shot attempts as they went on a 14-2 run to earn them their first lead of the game, 48-44 with 15:41 remaining. Midland immediately responded, with a resounding 14-0 run of their own that not only regained the lead back but staked them to a 58-48 with 11:08 to go.
While their shooting cooled off, the Warriors remained aggressive in attacking the paint and earning free throw opportunities. They made good on those attempts, going 11-of -12 from the stripe in the half.
The two teams would trade baskets for a while until an 8-2 Doane run, which was capped by a Tiger dunk, cut the Warriors’ lead to just three with 21 seconds to go.
A pair of free throws by Sandquist and then two more from Colby Tichota kept the Tigers at bay as the Warriors secured the 75-71 victory.
Emanuel Bryson stepped up for Midland in the second period. He did a little bit of everything as he scored eight points, pulled down four rebounds, and dished out two assists. He finished the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 dimes.
Four other Warriors reached double figures as Sandquist led the team with 22 points. Jake Rueschhoff scored 12 points, Tichota scored 11 points, and Montes had 15 points off the bench.
Midland (5-16, 3-15 GPAC) will be back on the court this coming Sunday, as they travel to take on Dakota Wesleyan (16-7, 12-6 GPAC) in a make-up game from December. The Warriors will be looking to complete the season sweep of the Tigers on February 14 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Midland won the first meeting 84-75 earlier this year. The game is set for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at the World’s Only Corn Palace.
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s women’s basketball team dominated Doane University from start to finish with a final score of 91-55 Wednesday night.
Midland started the first quarter slow, as Doane scored the first four points of the game. Peyton Wingert led the Warriors’ response, scoring four straight to pull eve. A Lexis Haase three-pointer gave Midland their first lead at 7-6 and they never looked back. Midland caught fire from behind the arch knocking down four of their first five attempts from long-distance. They would close out the quarter on a 19-8 run and took a 26-14 lead. It was their largest scoring output in the opening quarter all season.
Doane cut down the 12-point lead to seven but Midland continued their barrage of three-pointers as they knocked down four more in the second quarter. Three-pointers came from Lexi Kraft, Kennedy Darner, and Wingert with two. While the Warriors were catching fire from outside, Erin Prusa was going on a scoring rampage herself inside the paint. She scored 10 points in the opening half as Midland took a 33 point lead, 51-21 into intermission.
Midland shared the wealth of scoring as their lead grew to as many as 48 points in the third quarter. They closed out the period with Taylor Houska hitting back-to-back three-pointers with another three coming from Carissa Wilson.
The fourth quarter saw the Midland offense turn to a more calm output as they scored just 12 points with several reserves seeing extended minutes. The entire team that dressed for the game saw at least four minutes of action and 11 different Warriors scored in the game.
Midland finished shooting 34-of-68 (50 percent) from the floor and 14-of-34 (41.2 percent) from behind the arch. They won the rebound battle 45-32 and forced Doane into 20 turnovers.
Prusa finished the night with a new career-high of 20 points, shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. She led a Midland bench that scored 46 points.
Wingert was the second-leading scorer for Midland with 15 while Katy Gathje also reached double-figures with 10.
Midland (15-9, 12-9 GPAC) will now have a lengthy ten-day break before they conclude the regular season with a trip to Hastings, Nebraska for the last regular-season game. They’ll take on the Hastings (6-16, 5-15 GPAC) in a 2:00 p.m. game inside Lynn Farrell Arena on Saturday, February 20. The Warriors won the first meeting 82-78 back on November 18, 2020.