• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s basketball eclipses 100 win mark

HALEIGH YAZELL, a freshman on the Midway University Women’s basketball team, led the way with 14 points in the Eagles’ 103-46 victory over Central Christian College. (Photo by Midway Univ. Athletics)

The Midway University women’s basketball team picked up its second win of the season on Saturday, Nov. 12, when the Eagles defeated Central Christian (Mo.) in the final game of the Zweifel/Pritchett Classic at Asbury University. Slow starts had plagued the Eagles in their last three games, but this time around the team turned the tables and got off to a quick start. Midway, which is now 2-3 on the season, jumped out to a 27-11 lead by the end of the first period and never looked back as they defeated the Saints 103-46. The Eagles were firing on all cylinders from behind the arc as they knocked down 17 triples on 36 attempts for 47.2 percent. They torched the nets shooting 50.6 percent (41-81) from the floor. The Midway defense forced the Saints into 30 turnovers, as they held Central Christian to a 32.7 shooting percentage (19-58) for the game. The Saints couldn’t match the Eagles’ sharp shooting from the trey as they hit 6-of-15 for 40 percent. Midway trailed 5-4 in the early going, but then went on a 23-5 run to take a 27-10 lead after the first period. The Eagles continued to build on their lead in the second stanza where they outscored the Saints 31-6 on the way to a 58-17 advantage heading into the locker room at the half. Midway opened the third frame with a 14-0 run as it continued to dominate the second half to come away with the 103-46 victory. The Eagles got a big boost from their bench where they held a 62-17 advantage in bench scoring. The bench paid dividends as the Eagles had 15 different players crack the scoring column. Leading the Eagles was freshman Haleigh Yazell who finished with 14 points off the bench. Senior Jasmine Johnson added 12 points, while senior Breanna Ball and junior Courtney Pfister chipped in with 10 points each. The duo of juniors Rachel Carter and Patrice Tonge helped the Eagles win the rebounding battle, 48-35, by grabbing seven boards each. Men’s Soccer After earning a 1-0 victory over Point Park (Pa.) in the River States Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 5, the Eagles took on West Virginia Tech in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov.9, in Beckley, W.Va. In a hard-played match, the Eagles saw their inaugural season come to an end at the hands of the ninth-ranked Golden Bears, who scored three goals in the first half and added three more in the second half to come away with the 6-0 victory. The Eagles finish the season with a 10-8-1 record overall in their first year as a program. They also finished the challenging conference slate with a 6-2 record, which was good enough for a third-place finish in the final standings. Midway had a few chances throughout the match, but they struggled to match the high-powered West Virginia Tech offense. The Golden Bears held a 26-6 shot advantage overall and a 19-2 advantage in shots on goal. Leading the offensive attack for the Eagles was senior captain Joe Jessop, who accounted for half of Midway’s shots as he finished with three shots and one on goal. Juniors Harry Kirwan and Nelson de Castro and freshman Alex Enzweiler each tallied one shot, with Kirwan’s shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Christian Neira did his best to keep the Golden Bears’ offense at bay, but the home team proved to be too much. Neira allowed the six goals in 90 minutes in goal, but he finished the night with a season-high 12 saves. It was an especially tough night for the two seniors, Jessop and Colby Bicksler, as they saw their collegiate soccer careers come to an end. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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