FREMONT, Neb. – Defense was at a premium on Tuesday night inside the Wikert Event Center as Midland University fell to Concordia University in a high-scoring affair. Both teams shot over 53% from the field as the Warriors fell to the Bulldogs, 95-81. Midland was 32-of-61 (52.5%) from the field while Concordia shot 34-of-56 for a blistering 60.7% for the game.
For the majority of the game, it was closely contested on the scoreboard. However, a 12-2 run just past the 10-minute mark of the first half and another 11-2 run at the start of the second half helped the Bulldogs cruise to the 14-point victory.
In the opening half, Midland relied on the inside play of Josh Lambert, who posted 12 points in the first 20 minutes on perfect 6-of-6 shooting. On the perimeter, Midland was able to convert six three-pointers, including three from Bo Sandquist who had nine points the break. Jake Rueschhoff had a pair of triples and scored nine points as well before the intermission. However, Concordia was able to make 10-of-15 from behind the arc and shot 69.2%, and held a 50-37 lead.
After halftime, the long-range shooting success continued for both teams as the Bulldogs hit six more three-pointers and the Warriors added seven. Rueschhoff and Sandquist both added two more to their total while Colby Tichota also added two over the final 20 minutes.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 but battle back late in the game. After falling behind by their largest margin, Midland went on a 15-7 run to close the game.
Rueschhoff led the team with 21 points while Lambert, Sandquist, and Tichota all joined him in double figures with 16, 15, and 11 respectively.
Midland (3-9, 1-8 GPAC) will be back in action once more before a short holiday break. They’ll hit the road to take on league-leading Dakota Wesleyan (9-1, 6-0 GPAC) on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. inside the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. Attendance is limited per local guidelines, with priority given to the family of participating players.
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University faced off against Concordia University for the second time this season on Tuesday night in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) action. The Warriors fell behind early and trailed by as much as 14 points before a second-half comeback. Despite coming all the way back in the third, and taking and a four-point lead into the final quarter, Midland ultimately fell to the Bulldogs, 67-59 inside Wikert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska.
Concordia used a barrage of three-pointers in the first half to build a 20-10 lead after one-quarter of play and had a 37-23 lead just before halftime. Emma Shepard would pull the Warriors deficit back to an even dozen before heading into the halftime locker room. Katy Gathje led the team with eight first-half points on 3-of-5 shooting.
After the intermission, Midland went on an 11-4 run in the first three-and-half minutes to narrow the gap even more. Lexi Kraft started the run with a three-pointer while Peyton Wingert, who was named GPAC Player-of-the-Week for her play a week ago, added two triples of her own.
The two teams would trade buckets the next few minutes before Midland went on an 11-0 run to close the third quarter. Sam Shepard sparked the run with a long-range three-pointer and added another, moments later.
The Warriors’ run was halted at the start of the fourth as Concordia when on a 6-0 run of their own to regain the lead.
In the fourth, Midland was limited to just seven points after posting 27 in the third. Concordia posted 19 points on their way to an eight-point victory.
Wingert led the Warriors in scoring with 16 points on the night while Gathje and Sam Shepard each added 12 points.
Midland (9-3, 6-3 GPAC) will look to bounce back this weekend as they hit the road once more before the holiday break. They’ll travel to Mitchell, South Dakota to take on Dakota Wesleyan (3-3, 1-3 GPAC). The game is set for a 4:00 p.m. inside The World’s Only Corn Palace. Tickets are limited to families of players participating due to local health guidelines.