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Women’s Basketball tops IU Kokomo for fourth straight victory

The Midway University women’s basketball team was back in action for the final time in 2017 on Saturday, December 16, when they hosted Indiana University Kokomo inside Marshall Gymnasium as they looked to run their win streak to four.

The Eagles did just that as they defeated the Cougars (6-5, 2-3 RSC) by a final score of 65-58 in their final game before the Christmas holiday. With the win, Midway runs their win streak to a season-high four games to move to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in River States Conference play.

“We were really happy to come away with the win today,” said head women’s basketball coach, John Kenger. “These games before the break are always tough because you never know who might be looking ahead, but I thought we locked in really well today.”

As Kenger noted, you never know what you are going to get from your team in game right before the break, but on Saturday, his team was focused from the opening tip. Midway found themselves trailing 7-6 early, but battled back to take the lead behind the play of Haleigh Yazell.

The sophomore from Paris, Ky. scored five consecutive points to give Midway a 10-7 lead. She was back at it a couple minutes later when she nailed a triple followed by a pair of 3’s from Madison Jones as the Eagles took a 21-18 lead after the first period.

IU Kokomo hit a triple to start the second period to tie the game at 21 apiece, but the duo of Rachel Carter and Yazell took over. The two scored six points apiece in the second stanza to give Midway a 37-30 lead heading into the locker room.

The Cougars came out firing to start the third quarter as they went on a 10-0 run to take a 40-37 lead. Yazell responded with a triple to tie it and after IUK regained a 42-40 lead just seconds later, the sophomore converted an and-one to give Midway a 43-42 they wouldn’t give up.

The old fashioned three-point play from Yazell sparked what turned out to be a 10-2 run to give the home team a 50-44 lead entering the final quarter. Yazell capped off an 11 point third quarter with a trey from long distance.

The momentum from the third quarter carried over into the fourth when it turned into a 15-2 run as Midway stretched their lead to 11, 55-44. IU Kokomo cut the deficit to five on two occasions, but Kelsee Kinder hit a layup followed by a pair of freebies in the final minute as Midway came away with the 65-58 win.

Yazell had a career day for the Eagles pouring in a career-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while hitting 5-of-9 from long range. It was a balanced scoring attack following Yazell’s 29.

Arryn Dochenetz and Kinder added seven points each, while Courtney Pfister, Jones and Carter scored six points apiece. Carter also pulled down a game-high eight boards. Patrice Tonge tallied four points and five rebounds.

Midway finished the game shooting 43.4 percent (23-53) overall, while hitting 8-of-18 from behind the arc for 44.4 percent. Midway also dished out 16 assists on their 23 made field goals.

Midway will take some time to celebrate Christmas, but they will return to action on Thursday, January 4, when they host Point Park (Pa.) at 5:30 p.m. ET. Then on Saturday, January 6, they host Carlow (Pa.) at 3 p.m. ET.

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