• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Johnson’s three lifts Eagles to upset of No. 21 IU East

The Midway University women’s basketball team got back to their winning ways on Thursday, Jan. 26, with a thrilling 64-63 upset of No. 21 Indiana University East at home in Marshall Gymnasium. After trailing 63-61, Midway’s senior guard Jasmine Johnson nailed a three-pointer from the right corner to propel the Eagles to the victory. Midway, which is now 16-8 overall and 7-5 in the River States Conference, got out to a blistering start, quickly opening up a 17-0 lead before the Red Wolves knew what hit them. The Eagles’ suffocating defense served as the catalyst on the offensive end, as the defense forced IU East to miss its first 11 shots, while forcing six turnovers to propel the home team to the big lead. Like all great teams, the Red Wolves settled down and responded. Tia King got her team on the board with just under two minutes left in the opening frame and ignited what turned out to be an 11-3 run to end the period by cutting the deficit to nine points, 20-11. The second stanza was a back-and-forth battle as each time the Red Wolves got close, the Eagles had an answer. At the 7:04 mark, IU East cut the lead to six points, but Midway got back-to-back buckets from senior Breanna Ball stretching the lead back out to 10. IU East answered and cut the lead back down to six once again, but this time the Eagles responded with a 9-1 spurt expanding the lead to 14 points, 37-23. From that point on, Midway’s offense went stagnant, which allowed the visitors to get back in the game. In their final four possessions of the half, the Eagles had three turnovers and one missed shot. The Red Wolves capitalized on Midway’s miscues, closing the period on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to five points, 37-32, heading into the locker room. The Red Wolves opened the third quarter with an 8-4 run to make it a one-point game, 41-40, but freshman Midway’s Madison Jones answered with a three-pointer pushing the lead back out to four points, 44-40. The two teams then traded baskets the remainder of the third quarter and Midway led by one point, 48-47, going into the final period. IU East had three free throws to open the fourth quarter and took its first lead of the game, 49-48. The Red Wolves eventually stretched their lead to six points, 59-53, with just over six minutes remaining. Then, Suzy Wollenhaupt of IU East stepped to the free throw line with a 63-61 lead and a chance to put her team ahead two scores, but the crowd got involved and got loud. Thanks to the crowd, Wollenhaupt missed both free throws, and Midway got the rebound with 30.9 seconds remaining. Freshman Timitryi Patterson ended up with the ball and cut towards the basket, forcing Johnson’s defender to help out. Patterson dished it to Johnson who made the three-pointer giving Midway a 64-63 lead with 12.3 seconds remaining. The Red Wolves called timeout and elected to advance the ball past half court. IU East then had four attempts to hit a game winner. As the crowd anxiously watched each attempt miss, the final buzzer finally sounded, and Midway had the win, 64-63. Johnson not only hit the game winner, but she finished with a game-high 21 points. She shot 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from the three-point line. Ball was the only other Eagle in double figures with 16 points, while junior Patrice Tonge scored four points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. The Eagles torched the nets, shooting 53.2 percent from the floor (25-47), while holding IU East to 38.2 percent (26-68). Midway also held the edge from long range, shooting 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) and IU East shooting 7-of-28 (25 percent). The Eagles next host Asbury at Marshall Gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. Men’s Basketball After having a week off, the Midway University men’s basketball team returned to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 28, as the Eagles traveled to Ohio Christian University for a River States Conference matchup. There, on a cold shooting night, the Eagles lost 90-50. It was an offensive struggle for the Eagles all game, as they shot just 28.6 percent from the floor (18-63), while hitting 7-of-26 from behind the three-point line for 26.9 percent. Ohio Christian, on the other hand, torched the nets. The home squad shot 52.9 percent from the field (36-68), including 33.3 percent from long distance going 8-of-24. Midway freshman Brandon Johnson stepped to the foul line and drained two free throws to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage early, but unfortunately for the visitors, the lead wouldn’t last. The Trailblazers responded by going on an 18-9 run to take an 18-11 lead with just over 7:29 remaining the first half. Ohio Christian took control from that point on, closing the half on a 22-4 run on the way to a 40-15 lead at halftime. \The Eagles attempted to stay in the game in the second half, but the Trailblazers proved to be too much as they were able to cruise to the 90-50 victory. Johnson led the way for the Eagles, finishing with 12 points, while junior Mychele Bullock and freshman Brandon Maxwell added seven points each. Maxwell also had seven rebounds and six assists to his stat line. The Eagles next host Asbury at Marshall Gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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