• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway women’s basketball falls to West Virginia Tech

TIMITRYI PATTERSON, a freshman forward on the Midway University's women's basketball team, paced the Eagles with 16 points in Midway's 75-67 loss to West Virginia Tech at home in Marshall Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 21. (Photo courtesy of Midway Univ. Athletics)

After losing a tough game 75-62 against Rio Grande (Ohio) on Friday, Jan. 20, the Midway University women’s basketball team had a quick turnaround as it hosted West Virginia Tech on Saturday, Jan. 21, inside Marshall Gymnasium. The Eagles, who are now 15-7 overall and 6-4 in the River States Conference, led for most of the first half as they took a 39-35 lead into the locker room, but the Golden Bears outscored the home team 23-17 in the third quarter and 17-11 in the final period to come away with the 75-67 win.

Midway’s troubles, namely shooting, were similar to the problems in the game against Rio Grande on Friday. On Saturday, the Eagles shot 32.8 percent from the floor (19-58) and just 27.3 percent from the three-point line, hitting 6-of-22. The Golden Bears didn’t fare much better, shooting just 37.5 percent for the game (24-64), but they connected on 10 three-pointers in 23 attempts for 43.5 percent.

The Eagles got off to a good start by jumping out to an 18-10 lead thanks to the play of freshman Timitryi Patterson. During the stretch, Patterson scored 10 straight points to give her team a 20-18 lead after the first stanza. Both teams traded baskets through most of the second period, but it was West Virginia Tech who held a 35-33 lead with just over a minute remaining. The Eagles ended the half on a high note, scoring six unanswered point to take a 39-35 lead at the intermission.

A basket by junior Rachel Carter stretched the lead to six points to open the second half, but the Golden Bears began to battle back and used an 8-0 run in the third period to take a two-point lead, 58-56, into the final 10 minutes. The Golden Bears built their lead up to eight points, as Midway came battling back to cut the lead to four, 65-61, with 2:20remaining. But, West Virginia Tech answered with a 7-0 run expanding its lead to 12 points on the way to the 75-67 win.

Patterson paced the Eagles with 16 points, while junior Patrice Tonge collected her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Carter finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards, while senior Breanna Ball chipped in with 10 points. The road doesn’t get much easier for the Eagles. They will host the top team in the River States Conference East Division, Indiana University East, on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 28, Midway travels to Ohio Christian University. Men’s Basketball The Midway University men’s basketball team returned to action on Saturday, Jan. 21, when the Eagles hosted West Virginia Tech for their second game in less than 24 hours. (They lost to Rio Grande on Friday, Jan. 20, on a score of 80-72.) West Virginia Tech, who made its first appearance in the coaches’ poll this season last week when it came in at No. 25, proved to be too much for the Eagles, cruising to a 96-58 win. The Eagles, who are now 2-17 overall and 2-9 in the RSC shot 32.8 percent from the floor (19-58), while shooting just 21.9 percent from long distance where they went 7-of-32 for the game. The Golden Bears, on the other hand, torched the nets. West Virginia Tech shot 53 percent for the game (35-66), while connecting on 8-of-23 from the 3-point line for 34.8 percent. Both teams traded baskets in the early going as there were five ties and four lead changes over the opening six minutes, as the contest was tied at 12. Then, West Virginia Tech took a 16-15 lead as the Golden Bears began to seize control of the game. They scored seven unanswered points to extend their lead out to eight points, 23-15, with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. The visitors eventually built their lead up to double digits, 41-27, as the two teams headed into the locker room for intermission. Coming out of the halftime break, West Virginia Tech blitzed the Eagles early in the second half. They opened on a 12-0 run that eventually turned into a 21-4 run as the Golden Bears pushed their lead out to 30 points, 61-31. West Virginia Tech continued to add to its lead over the final part of the second half, leading by as many as 46 on the way to a 96-58 win. The Eagles were led by redshirt freshman Brandon Johnson who finished with 13 points. He was the only Midway player to finish in double figures. Freshmen Brandon Maxwell and Will Hudson chipped in with eight points each. The Eagles will have a week to rest their legs. Then they return to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ohio Christian University in a River States Conference matchup. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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