• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Big 4th quarter propels Eagles to win over Asbury

The Midway University women’s basketball team made it two wins in a row on Thursday, Feb. 2, when the Eagles defeated River States Conference west division foe Asbury 70-58 at home in Marshall Gymnasium. The last time the two teams met on Jan. 10 in Wilmore, it took two overtimes to decide a winner and Midway came out on top 92-85. The only thing that changed the second time around was that the game didn’t need overtime to decide a winner, as Midway won in regulation. With that said, the win didn’t come easy for the home team. The Eagles, who are now 18-8 overall and 9-5 in the RSC, entered the fourth period trailing 53-48, but after outscoring the visitors 22-5 over the final 10 minutes Midway prevailed for the win. Midway got out to a fast start, taking a 7-0 lead in the early going, but Asbury settled in and battled back. The visitors led by as many as 12 in the first two quarters and took a 37-33 lead into the locker room at the half. Coming out of the break, Midway tied the game 39-39 two minutes into the third quarter on a jumper by senior Jasmine Johnson. Asbury answered with a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead, but Midway had an answer of its own, as Johnson hit a three-pointer from the corner and junior Courtney Pfister hit a baseline jumper to cut the deficit to five points, 53-48, heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles picked up right where they left off to open the fourth period, as junior Patrice Tonge hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to two points, and senior Breanna Ball hit back-to-back buckets to give the Eagles the lead. Tonge and Ball ignited what turned out to be a 12-0 run that gave Midway a 60-53 lead with just over six minutes remaining. Asbury cut the lead down to five, but Midway answered with an 8-1 run and held on for the 70-58 win. Ball led the way for the Eagles with 17 points, while tying the team-high with seven rebounds. Freshman Timitryi Patterson added 15 points and seven boards in a reserve role, while Pfister and Johnson finished with 10 points each. After shooting just 28 percent in their last outing, Midway came out firing and shot 45 percent from the floor (27-60) and going 9-of-16 from the three-point line for 56.3 percent. The Eagles also dished out 18 assists on 27 made field goals. Midway’s defense also came to play, forcing Asbury into 22 turnovers while holding them to 32.8 percent shooting from the field (21-64). Asbury also went just 4-of-25 from long range for 16 percent. Midway will now have a few days to rest their legs and get healthy as they return to action on Thursday, Feb. 9, when they host Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) at 6 p.m. Then they travel to Indiana University Kokomo for a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 11. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown/Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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