JAMESTOWN, N.D – Midland University made the long trek up to Jamestown, North Dakota this weekend as they faced off against the University of Jamestown in the second and final meeting of their season series. The Warriors battled hard early but the Jimmies ultimately pulled away in the second half, securing the victory, 100-74.
Midland raced out to a quick lead, thanks to stellar shooting, as they connected on five of their first six attempts from the field and their first four free throw attempts. The hot shooting gave Midland a 15-6 lead at the 14:41 mark of the half.
The Jimmies responded with three quick three-point shots to tie the game at 15 apiece and then the two sides began to trade shots, as both offenses found their rhythm. The two teams shot at great clips in the opening half, the Warriors were 15-of-31 from the field and the Jimmies were 18-of-31.
Bo Sandquist powered the Midland attack with his 16 first-half points including two three-pointers. On the other side, the Jimmies connected on 8-of-17 three-point attempts which fueled them to a 48-38 advantage at the intermission.
Jamestown continued their great shooting in the second half as they connected on four of their first five attempts from behind the arc. Within just five minutes they pushed their advantage to 18, leading 65-47.
Some Warrior free throws and a Laurence Merritt and-one layup stopped the onslaught and cut the deficit to 12, 67-55, with 12:09 to go. However, the Jimmies countered with a 9-0 run to make their lead much more comfortable heading down the final stretch.
In addition to Sandquist, who finished with 22 points, the Warriors got an offensive spark from junior Jake Rueschhoff who scored 15 points of his team-high 26 points in just the second half. Rueschhoff also led the team with six rebounds on the afternoon.
Midland (4-16, 2-15 GPAC) will be back on the court this upcoming Wednesday for the final time at home this season. The Warriors will host Doane (6-17, 3-15 GPAC) on February 10 at 8:00 p.m. inside Wikert Event Center. The Warriors are looking to even the season series at one after losing a very close game on the road to Doane in December, 68-64. Tipoff is setoff for 8:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Second-quarter dominance helped Midland University’s women’s basketball team cruise past the University of Jamestown 80-74 on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors started the first quarter strong by knocking down their first three shots, all three-pointers. Jamestown responded on their home court to retake the lead before Makenna Sullivan scored the final five points of the quarter. The spurt gave Midland the lead by four, 21-17, headed into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Midland went on an impressive run, allowing Jamestown to score four points, while putting up 24 points themselves. The run came with great balance with scores from Emma Shepard, Kennedy Darner, Lexi Kraft, Erin Prusa, and Sullivan. The Warriors shot 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the floor, 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from behind the arch, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. They also outrebounded the Jimmies 15-4 in the quarter.
Jamestown cut down the Warriors’ lead to 22 during the first part of the third quarter. Midland had a response, going on a 6-0 run, all coming from the foul line by Sullivan, Katy Gathje, and Shepard. The Warriors built their largest lead, 29 points. The Jimmies did close out the quarter with a 10-0 run to make it 63-44, after three quarters of play.
In the fourth, the Jimmies came out firing. They went on a 13-0 run to cut Midland’s lead to single digits, 68-59. Darner would hit a three-pointer to grow the lead back to 12 but Jamestown found an answer, pulling as close as four points twice in the quarter.
In the final minute of the game, Midland converted on four free throws, two from Lexi Kraft with nine seconds left, to garner the win.
Midland finished the day shooting 22-of-51 (43.1 percent) from the floor, 11-of-28 (39.3 percent) from behind the arc, and 25-of-36 (69.4 percent) from the charity stripe. The Warriors won the rebound battle, 41-38.
Sullivan collected her sixth double-double on the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Shepard finished with 12 points and Lexis Haase added 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Warriors.
“We played about as well as we have played for three and a half quarters today,” said head coach Shawn Gilbert after the game. “We defended and rebounded at a high level and made shots as well. Jamestown made a run at us in the fourth, as we lost our focus and didn’t compete very well. Overall, I thought we did a nice job of keeping our composure and finishing the final two to three minutes. It was a good road win against a very good team. This makes the long trip back home much better.”
Midland (14-9, 11-9 GPAC) will have a quick turnaround as they host Doane (5-18, 3-17 GPAC) in their final home game of the regular season next Wednesday. The Warriors and Tigers are scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. game inside Wikert Event Center on February 10. The Warriors won the first meeting 87-76 back on December 4, 2020.