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Eagles unable to hold first half lead against IU Southeast

After taking the last week off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Midway University women’s basketball returned to the hardwood on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when they hosted Indiana University Southeast to open River States Conference play.

The Eagles (4-5, 0-1 RSC) held a 31-18 lead at intermission, but the Grenadiers stormed back in the second half and outscored the home team 33-17 to come away with the 51-48 victory to spoil Midway’s conference home opener.

The game way fairly sloppy throughout as neither team shot over 35 percent for the game while combining for 43 turnovers. Midway held the upper hand shooting 34.5 percent (20-58) overall and 26.7 percent (4-15) from long distance. The Eagles, unfortunately turned it over 25 times.

The Grenadiers (5-2, 1-0 RSC) finished the game shooting just 31.3 percent (20-64) overall, while hitting 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from three point land. IU Southeast turned it over 18 times, but they turned Midway’s 25 miscues into 18 points.

The visitors held a lead throughout the opening period, but Courtney Pfister stepped into a rhythm trey in transition to give Midway an 11-9 lead. The Eagles carried the momentum into the second stanza where they outscored the Grenadiers 20-9.

The Eagles opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run capped off from a triple from Haleigh Yazell (Paris, Ky.) as Midway’s lead grew to 20-9. Midway led by as many as 16, 29-13, as they took a 31-18 lead into the locker room.

Things began to change in the third as the momentum began to shift in the favor of the visitors. IU Southeast opened the second half on a 12-0 run as Midway was held scoreless until the3:40 mark on a bucket by Pfister. Despite the drought, Midway held a 38-36 lead after three quarters.

In the final quarter, IU Southeast seized the momentum and built a five point advantage with just under five minutes remaining. Midway battled back and cut it to one a couple of times and had a chance at a game-tying three as time expired, but IU Southeast walked away with the 51-48 win.

Leading the way for the Eagles was the duo of Timitryi Patterson and Courtney Pfister. Patterson finished with 14 points, while Pfister added 13. Rachel Carter pitched in with eight points and six rebounds, while Haleigh Yazell registered six points and eight boards.

The Eagles are back in action on Thursday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Cincinnati Christian University for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

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