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Midway women’s basketball picks up first RSC victory at CCU

HALEIGH YAZELL scored a career high 23 points and had eight rebounds in the Midway University win over Cincinnati Christian. (Midway athletics photo)

The Midway University women’s basketball team picked up their first River States Conference victory of the season on Thursday, Dec. 7, when they traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on West Division foe, Cincinnati Christian University. Midway outscored the home team 27-11 in the season quarter as they took a 43-25 lead into the locker room. The visitors then held on in the second half for the 76-65 victory. With the win, Midway gets back to .500 at 6-6, while moving to 1-2 in RSC play.

It was Midway’s defense that came up in a big way. The Eagles held Cincinnati Christian (1-9, 1-3 RSC) to 34.8 percent (23-66) overall and just 29.2 percent (7-24) from behind the arc. The Eagles also forced CCU into 19 turnovers which they turned into 22 points.

Meanwhile, Midway finished the game shooting 46.8 percent (29-62) overall, while hitting just one trey in 10 attempts for 10 percent. The Eagles also shot 81 percent from the charity stripe where they were 17 of 21.

Midway came out firing on all cylinders as Haleigh Yazell scored right off the opening tip to spark what was a 6-0 run to start the game. Courtney Pfister also finished with six points in the opening frame as they took a 16-14 lead.

Yazell and Pfister were back at it in the second stanza as Midway began to stretch their lead out to as many as 20 points. Over the final 7:50 of the first half, Midway outscored the home team 23-7 as they took a 43-25 lead into the locker room.

In the run, the dynamic duo of Yazell and Pfister were the catalyst as they scored 17 straight points in the midst of the run. Yazell led the way in the first half with 17 points, while Pfister registered 12.

Midway continued to hold a double-digit lead in the second half as the game was never in doubt. Cincinnati Christian attempted to pose a threat and cut the lead to 70-62, but Pfister and Patrice Tonge nailed a pair of freebies as they held on for the 76-65 victory.

The duo of Yazell and Pfister led the way for the Eagles as they both recorded new season-highs in the win. Yazell finished with 23 points to go with a season-high eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Pfister, a senior, recorded a season high 21 points on an efficient 8 of 13 from the floor.

Sophomore Madison Jones turned in one of her better games of the season. Jones finished with 10 points, five assists and a team-high five steals. Arryn Dochenetz and Patrice Tonge added eight points each. Dochenetz also added four assists and four steals, while Tonge pulled down eight rebounds.

John Kenger’s team will take the next week off to get healthy as they return to action on Dec. 14 when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) at 6 p.m. inside Marshall Gymnasium. Then on Saturday, Dec. 16, they host IU Kokomo at 1 p.m.

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