HASTINGS, Neb. – Midland University took the floor on last time this season as they took on Hastings College on the road on Saturday. The Warriors were sharp on both ends of the floor the entirety of the game and glided past the Broncos, 85-63.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to take the lead and create some separation between themselves and the Broncos. Within the first seven minutes of action, they led 19-11 and then a 17-7 run extended their lead to 18 points as they doubled-up the Broncos, 36-18.
Midland’s first-half offense was fueled by the trio of Bo Sandquist, Laurence Merritt, and Emanuel Bryson. Sandquist connected on five triples, Merritt added another three from behind the arc, and Bryson scored nine points while dishing out three assists.
Those contributions and the scoring efficiency of the Warriors’ offense led them to their highest scoring output in a half this season, 50 points. They took a 50-32 advantage into the intermission.
The second half was more of the same story with the Broncos having no answer for the Warriors’ offense. After the two sides traded baskets during the opening six minutes, Midland went on an 18-7 run to give them their biggest lead of the game, 76-45, with 8:52 to go.
The Warriors went on to win by 22 after shooting 12-of-25 from the floor in the second half and were a perfect 7-of-7 at the free-throw line.
Midland was led by Sandquist who scored 27 points, reaching exactly 1,000 career points and becoming the 38th Warriors to accomplish that feat. He also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Bryson finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists while Merritt poured in 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench.
As to Sandquist’s milestone, it took the junior from Johnston, Iowa just 72 games to reach 1,000 points. He has averaged 13.9 points, shooting just north of 38% from the field and nearly the same from behind the arc.
The victory concludes the 2020-21 season for Midland. They will look to build upon their recent success in the offseason. In their final four games of the year, they averaged nearly 79 points per game and connected on 46 three-point shots in that span.
HASTINGS, Neb. – After nearly 10 days off, Midland University’s women’s basketball team showed signs of rust in their last regular-season game against Hastings College on Saturday. The Warriors fell to the Broncos by a score of 81-56.
The first quarter consisted of trading baskets as both teams were trying to get into a groove offensively. After the game was tied at 12 apiece, Midland took the lead and ended the quarter with a two-point advantage, 16-14. Makenna Sullivan scored 10 out of the Warriors 16 points in the quarter.
Midland’s offense went frigid in the second quarter as Hastings went on a 24-0 scoring splurge. It wasn’t until 1:17 left in the period before Erin Prusa was able to score to stop the run. The Broncos held a comfortable lead at halftime, 40-21.
The Warriors’ offense found a little spark in the third quarter from Lexis Haase. She knocked down three three-pointers in a row to trim the Broncos lead down to 15. Emma Shepard hit a three-pointer to add to the quick run but Hastings found their offensive groove once more, growing their lead to 36 to close out the quarter.
The Broncos’ led allowed them to coast to the victory in the fourth despite Midland having their highest-scoring quarter of the game with a total of 17 points. Hastings had just six.
Midland was outshot by Hastings in all areas of the floor (36.7% to 48.5%). The Warriors also lost the rebound battle (34 to 38) and committed more turnovers (18 to 7).
Sullivan was the high scorer for the Warriors with 15 points while Shepard had 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers on the day.
Midland (15-10, 12-10 GPAC) has garnered the sixth-seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament. The Warriors will match up against third-seeded Northwestern (16-9, 16-6 GPAC) as the tournament begins on Wednesday, February 24. It’ll be a 6:00 p.m. tip-off in Orange City, Iowa inside Bultman Center. Midland and Northwestern split the regular season as the Warriors won the first meeting 80-74 back on November 21, 2020, at Northwestern. The Raiders took the second meeting 70-56 back on January 30, 2021, in Fremont.