HASTINGS, Neb. – Midland University women’s basketball team faced another ranked opponent on the road in No. 16 Hastings College on Wednesday afternoon. The game, which was rescheduled due to a winter storm that swept the Midwest, went in favor of Hastings by a score of 73-58.
Midland falls to 4-5 on the year with a 1-3 mark in Great Plains Athletic Conference action while Hastings improves to 8-0, 4-0 GPAC. Of the Warrior’s nine games, six have featured matchups against teams that were receiving votes or ranked in the NAIA Division II Top-25.
Midland shot 33.3 percent (22-of-66) from the field compared to 49.1 percent (27-of-55) for Hastings. The Warriors committed 20 turnovers, seven more than the Broncos, but held a 36-29 edge in rebounds. Freshman Lexi Kraft led her team for the second-straight game after contributing nine points. Senior Jada Simpson and freshman Erin Prusa each had eight points, while junior Makenna Sullivan scored seven. Sullivan was the leading rebounder with eight and was followed by sophomore Lexis Haase‘s six.
The first quarter saw the Broncos building a 10-point lead before two free throws from Sullivan and a layup from Haase cut the lead to 12-6 with under five minutes to go. The teams traded points through the final minutes of the quarter as the Broncos held an 18-12 lead going into the second quarter.
Hastings got on the board first in the second quarter, but Sullivan would convert an offensive rebound to bring the score to 20-14. Midland continued to chip away at the lead as a jumper from senior Laura Speer saw the Warriors trailing 22-17 with 8:49 to go. Prusa would go on to score four-points via free throws and jumper to pull her team within four with under five minutes to go. A six-point run by Hastings saw a 35-25 lead going into intermission.
The Broncos got off to a five-point run in the third quarter before a three from Kraft slowed the home team. Hastings could not be held back and rattled off eight-straight to take a commanding 48-28 lead with 4:53 on the clock. Each Midland basket was answered as Hastings carried a 55-36 lead into the final ten minutes of action.
Senior Amanda Hansen got things started with a layup 12 seconds into the fourth quarter, but an 8-2 run by Hastings brought the score to 64-40 with just over eight minutes to go. A three-pointer from freshman Emma Shepard was answered by a three from Hastings, but back-to-back layups from Sullivan and Prusa brought the score to 67-47 with 4:18 to go. Simpson made the final five points for the Warriors, but the lead proved to be too much as Midland fell by a score of 73-58.
Midland (4-5, 1-3 GPAC) returns to Wikert Event Center on Saturday, November 30 for a matchup against Central Methodist University (6-1), who is currently ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Division I. The series history is knotted at 2-2 with the Warriors dropping last season’s contest by a score of 68-61 on the road.