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Lady Eagles win in dominating fashion over Asbury

Coming off a dominating performance on Thursday against Simmons, the Midway University women’s basketball team made it two victories in a row with a win over Asbury in dominating fashion on Saturday, February 3.

Midway (13-12, 6-8 RSC) would take a 31-5 lead over Asbury (5-20, 2-12 RSC) after the first period and as the game went on, the Lady Eagles would continue to add to their lead as they would cruise to the 88-41 victory.

The visitors dominated all facets of the game as they shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the floor. They also knocked down 13 of 29 from long distance for 44.8 percent. The Lady Eagles also got great production from their bench as they held a 44-10 edge in bench points.

Meanwhile, Midway’s defense came to play as well. The Eagles held Asbury to just 22.8 percent (13-57) shooting from the floor and just 5.6 percent from three where they went 1 for 18. They also forced Asbury into 21 turnovers, while giving it away just 11 times.

Midway sophomore Haleigh Yazell came out firing to open the game. The Paris, Ky. native hit three consecutive triples to give her team a 13-2 edge. The last two of the threes ignited what turned out to be a 21-0 run as Midway would take a 31-5 lead after the first quarter.

Yazell went on to score 14 points in the opening quarter. Midway finished the first quarter shooting 60 percent from the field, while hitting on five of their 10 attempts from long distance.

In the second quarter, it was fellow sophomore Madison Jones that caught fire from the three point line. The Union, Ky. native hit three triples in the quarter as Midway outscored the home team 20-10 on their way to a 51-15 lead at halftime.

The lead for Midway would continue to grow in the third period. Kelsee Kinder hit a three to open the frame and then a couple of minutes later, Jones hit a trey of her own to start what was a 13-0 spurt as Midway would take a 73-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter was won by the home team, but it didn’t matter as Midway dominated from the opening tap and cruised to the 88-41 win.

Yazell led the way for the Eagles with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting, including 4 of 6 from long distance. Madison Jones turned in her best performance of the year with 18 points, hitting 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. Allyson Callahan tossed in 13 points off the bench, while Kelsee Kinder added nine points, six rebounds and five assists.

After traveling to Kentucky Christian University on Monday, the Eagles will host Cincinnati Christian at 5:30 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 8. On Saturday, Feb. 10, they travel to Indiana University Kokomo Their final home game is slated for Thursday, Feb. 15, when they host Brescia at 5:30 p.m. inside Marshall Gymnasium.

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