• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s basketball beats Miami Middletown to end 2016

The Midway University women’s basketball team took to the court for the final time in 2016 on Monday, Dec. 19, when the Eagles hosted Miami Middletown (Ohio) inside Marshall Gymnasium in an exhibition game. In a game that had a combined 59 fouls and a total of 79 free throws, the Eagles were able to gut out an 84-69 win. With that game complete, Midway will take an 11-5 record into 2017. The two teams combined for 39 turnovers as neither squad shot 35 percent for the game. The Eagles shot 34.3 percent from the floor (23-67) and 23.3 percent from the 3-point line where they went 7-of-30. Midway’s defense forced the ThunderHawks into 24 turnovers and held the visitors to 26.8 percent shooting (15-56). Miami Middletown connected on 8-of-27 from long range for 29.6 percent. Slow starts have plagued the Eagles in recent outings, but this time around, they flipped the switch. Midway raced out to a 13-2 lead and led by as many as 14 over the first two quarters to take a 44-34 lead into the locker room. The ThunderHawks cut the lead to eight right out of halftime, but the Eagles stretched it back out to 13 on a three-pointer by freshman Haleigh Yazell and a jumper by senior Jasmine Johnson. Midway pushed its lead out to as many 18 in both the third and fourth quarters and walked away with the 84-69 win. Yazell led the way, as she finished with 13 points, while junior Patrice Tonge scored a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Libby Pike added 10 points off the bench, while three other Eagles finished with nine points apiece. (Information provided by Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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