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Second half run seals 85-59 win for Midway Women’s Basketball

After playing their last game on the road, the Midway University women’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Marshall Gymnasium where they hosted Lourdes (Ohio) on Friday, November 10.

The Eagles (3-2) led by single digits throughout the first half, but late in the third quarter and into the fourth period, they went on a 29-1 run that blew the game wide open as they walked away with the 85-59 win over the Gray Wolves (2-1).

The Eagles scorched the nets shooting a season-high 56.6 percent (30-53) from the field, while also going 8-for-12 from long range for 66.7 percent. Midway’s defense held the visitors to 35.4 percent (23-65) from the floor and just 28 percent (7-25) from distance.

The opening minutes of the first quarter were nip and tuck, but Midway got back-to-back triples from Madison Jones and Haleigh Yazell that gave them little separation at 13-7. Yazell added another two minutes later as Midway took an 18-14 lead after the first period.

The second quarter was much of the same as the first as both teams traded baskets scoring 20 points each as Midway took a 38-34 lead into the locker room.

It looked like the second half was going to play out like the first, but Midway began to put the game away at the end of the third period and into the fourth. The Eagles closed the third stanza on a 9-0 run to give them a 59-48 edge going into the final period.

The run carried over into the fourth quarter where the lead grew with a 29-1 run that pushed Midway’s lead to its largest of the game at 79-49. In the fourth, Kelsee Kinder and Jones hit a couple of threes, while Timitryi Patterson added a pair of jumpers.

The lead was more than enough for the Eagles as they walked away with the 85-59 win to improve to 2-0 at Marshall Gymnasium for the season.

It was a balanced scoring attack for Midway with four players in double figures. Madison Jones and Timitryi Patterson led the way with 14 points apiece, while Jones dished out five assists and Patterson pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Kelsee Kinder added 12 points as well.

Midway got some good production from their bench thanks to the efforts of Courtney Pfister and Haleigh Yazell. Pfister pitched in with 13 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe, while Yazell finished with 12 points on 2-of-3 shooting from three point land.

The Eagles are back in action on Saturday, November 18, when they host the two-time defending NAIA D-II National Champions and the top-ranked Marian University Knights. Then onNovember 21 they host Georgetown College at 7 p.m. ET at Marshall Gymnasium.

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