Strong third quarter lifts Women’s Basketball to 69-53 victory
After having the last couple of days off to regroup from a loss earlier in the week, the Midway University women’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Marshall Gymnasium when they hosted Asbury on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Midway found themselves trailing 32-29 at halftime, but they outscored Asbury 24-8 in the third period en route to the 69-53 victory. With the win, John Kenger’s squad is now 10-8 overall and 4-4 in River States Conference play.
“We were struggling with our man-to-man defense in the first half and they were finding areas that we couldn’t cover,” said Kenger. “We made a couple of adjustments in the second half and I thought the girls responded well and came out with a lot of high energy.”
It was a tale of two halves for the Eagles both offensively and defensively. In the first half, Midway shot 39.3 percent (11-28) and 22.2 percent (2-9) from three, while Asbury shot 36.7 percent (11-30) overall and hit 6-of-15 (40 percent) from long distance.
Then in the second half, Midway turned up the defensive pressure and started to make the extra pass. Midway shot 48.4 percent (15-31) and hit 7 of 13 (53.8 percent) from three, while they held Asbury to 17.6 percent (6-34) overall and 25 percent (3-12) from the three-point line.
The third quarter was the difference for Midway. After trailing 37-31, Midway outscored the visitors 22-3 over the final 7:55 of the quarter to take a 53-40 lead into the final period.
Haleigh Yazell sparked the run with triple and went on to score the opening eight points, while Rachel Carter tossed in six points in the run. Kelsee Kinder capped the run off with three of her five points to go with her seven assists.
In the fourth quarter, Midway outscored Asbury 16-13 and led by as many as 22 as they would cruise to the 69-53 win.
Midway had three players finish in double figures with Haleigh Yazell leading the way with 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting from long distance. Courtney Pfister added 12 and Rachel Carter registered 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Patrice Tonge also just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
Midway is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 18, when the Lady Eagles travel to No. 21 Rio Grande (Ohio) at 5:30 p.m. Then two days later on Saturday, Jan. 20, Midway travels to West Virginia Tech.