• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Big third quarter lifts Eagles to third straight win


The Midway University women’s basketball team was back in action on Saturday, Dec.10, when the Eagles traveled to Kentucky Christian University looking for their third win in a row. After leading by three at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Knights 20-9 in the third period en route to a 67-59 win over Kentucky Christian. With the win, the Eagles move to 9-4 overall on the season. Midway struggled from the three-point line, as the Eagles shot 1-of-14 in the game for 7.1 percent. They did, however, make up for it by shooting 46.9 percent from the floor (30-64). The Knights shot a better three-point percentage, as they went 3-of-10 for 30 percent. But, they didn’t fare as well overall, as they shot 46.3 percent from the floor (25-54). After trailing by six early in the opening quarter, the Eagles bounced back to tie it at 18-18 heading into the second quarter, which was a back-and-forth battle. But, the Knights led by three, 32-29, with just over two minutes remaining in the period. The Eagles then closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room at the half. Freshman Timitryi Patterson knocked down a pair of buckets during that run, while senior Jasmine Johnson added the other two points in the 6-0 spurt. Midway came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half, as the Eagles opened the third quarter with a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 15 points, their largest of the game, 47-32. The Eagles also led by 15 at one other point in the period, when they took a 55-41 advantage into the final 10 minutes. The fourth quarter started out as an offensive struggle as neither team scored in the first three minutes and 44 seconds of the period. The Knights cut the lead to six points with just over three minutes left, but senior Breanna Ball answered with an old fashioned 3-point play to extend the lead back to nine en route to the 67-59 victory. The Eagles placed two players in double figures with Patterson and Ball leading the way. Patterson finished with a team-high 20 points, while Ball added 19. Johnson chipped in with six points. Midway will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the Eagles return to River States Conference play by hosting Indiana University Kokomo at 1 p.m. The team then hosts Miami Middletown (Ohio) on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. their final game of 2016. Men’s Basketball After having a week off from competition, the Midway University men’s basketball team returned to action on Saturday, Dec.10, when the Eagles traveled to Bellarmine for an exhibition game. The Knights, who are ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA D-II poll, lost their first game of the season, but since then have won eight in a row, including a 98-52 win over Midway on Saturday in Knights Hall in Louisville. Bellarmine tied its season-high shooting, hitting 60.3 percent of its shots from the floor, going 38-of-63. The Knights also were 11-of-18 from beyond the arc for 61.1 percent. The Eagles, who are now 1-10, didn’t fare as well, as they shot 18-for-51 for 35.3 percent from the field and 8-of-21 from long distance for 36.4 percent. The Knights jumped on the Eagles from the opening tip as they sprinted out to a 9-0 lead before senior Bryson Harris knocked down a triple to get the Eagles on the board. Bellarmine responded by going on a 16-0 run to extend their lead to 25-3 with 10:46 left in the opening frame. Senior Tyler Smothers nailed a trey from the wing, but Bellarmine took a 54-24 lead into the locker room after shooting 70 percent in the first half. After the break, the Knights picked up where they left off and opened the second half on a 15-1 run to push their lead out to 69-25 and held a sizable advantage throughout the second frame as they cruised to a 98-52 win. Freshman Will Hudson led the way for Midway with 21 points; 15 of them three-pointers. Freshman Brandon Johnson added 11 points, while Harris and Smothers chipped in nine points and four points, respectively. The Eagles return to River States Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 17, when they play their final game before the Christmas holiday against Indiana University Kokomo at 3 p.m. inside Marshall Gymnasium. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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