• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s basketball wins third straight

BREANNA BALL, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, poured in a game-high 19 points in the Midway University women’s basketball team’s 90-54 victory over Cincinnati-Clermont. The win was Midway’s third straight victory. (Photo courtesy of Midway Univ. Athletics)

The Midway University women’s basketball team returned to the hardwood on Friday, Nov. 18, when the Eagles hosted Cincinnati Clermont (Ohio) in their home opener inside Marshall Gymnasium. It was a fast start for the Eagles, who are now 4-3 on the season, as they led by 20 at the end of the first period en route to a 90-54 victory over the visiting Cougars for their third straight victory. In their last outing, the Eagles knocked down 17 triples. In this game, they drained 15 three-pointers, going 15-of-24 from beyond the arc for 62.5 percent. Overall, the Eagles were very efficient, as they shot 53.3 percent (32-60) from the field. Not only were the Eagles efficient shooting the ball, but they made the extra pass throughout the game leading to 20 assists on 32 made baskets. Meanwhile, the Midway defense was able to shut down the Cougars’ offense, as the Cougars shot just 32.8 percent (21-64) from the floor and 33.3 percent (4-12) from long distance. The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, as they went 11-of-19 in the opening quarter, including 9-of-13 from three-point land. Senior Breanna Ball opened the game with a triple and the rout was on. Ball went on to hit three from long range in the quarter, while senior Jasmine Johnson and freshman Haleigh Yazell knocked down two apiece. Ball finished with a game-high 19 points going 7-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from distance. Johnson added 13, while Yazell came off the bench and chipped in with 10 points. The hot start continued into the second quarter when the Eagles outscored the Cougars, 26-8, leading to a 57-19 lead at the break. Over the final two quarters, the Eagles cooled off, but the lead ballooned to as many as 44 in the third stanza as Midway walked away with the 90-54 victory. Men’s basketball The Midway University men’s basketball team returned to Crestview Hills on Saturday, Nov. when the Eagles took on Berry (Ga.) in their final game of the Coach Jim Connor Classic at Thomas Moore (Ky.). The Vikings took a 46-31 halftime lead into the locker room and they made that lead stand in the second half when they outscored the Eagles 37-35 to get the 83-66 win. The Eagles, who are now 0-8 on the season, shot 41.7 percent (20-48) from the floor, but only hit two triples in the game. They went 2-of-12 from long range for 16.7 percent. The Vikings, on the other hand, shot 51.7 percent from the field going 30-of-58. They also finished 6-of-24 from behind the arc for 25 percent. The Eagles trailed in the early going, but battled back and took a 7-6 lead when senior Bryson Harris converted an old fashioned three point play. It was a back-and-fourth battle until the Vikings began to take control with 8:46 remaining in the opening half. The Eagles cut the deficit to one, 17-16, but the Vikings responded with a 23-4 run to stretch their lead to 40-20 en route to a 46-31 halftime advantage. The Eagles began to come back after intermission when they cut the lead to 10 on two separate occasions early in the half, but they couldn’t get it to single digits as the Vikings walked away with the 83-66 win. Collecting his second double-double of the season was freshman Brandon Maxwell, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshmen Brandon Johnson and Will Hudson added 17 and 14, respectively, while Harris had eight points. (Information provided by Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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