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Midway women’s basketball hangs on for fifth straight victory

KELSEE KINDER, a junior guard from Detroit, Mich., finished with a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and four assists in Midway’s 64-61 win over Indiana University Kokomo. (Photo by Mark Mahan)

The Midway University women’s basketball team won their season-high fifth straight game on Saturday, Feb. 10, defeating Indiana University Kokomo in Kokomo, Ind.

The Eagles (16-12, 8-8 RSC) had to survive a scare as the Cougars (15-12, 7-9 RSC) had three chances to tie the game in the final 11 seconds, but couldn’t convert as Midway held on for the 64-61 victory. The win moves Midway to just a half game back of second place in the division.

Even though Midway never trailed, the game remained tight throughout as the Lady Eagles never led by more than nine. With Midway leading 13-11, Rachel Carter hit back-to-back layups and Madison Jones hit a triple as the Eagles held a 22-15 lead after the opening quarter.

IU Kokomo came out firing in the second stanza as they cut the deficit down to one, 28-27, but Midway's Kelsee Kinder responded with a triple and a breakaway layup to push the lead back to six.

Allyson Callahan hit a trey and Patrice Tonge hit a driving layup in the final two minutes of the quarter as Midway held a 40-32 lead at intermission.

The third quarter saw Midway build their lead to its largest of the game at nine. Haleigh Yazell hit a bucket, while Jones knocked down another three ball to get the lead to nine. IU Kokomo closed the quarter with five straight points to cut the lead to three entering the fourth.

The fourth quarter stayed true to form with the entire game as Midway never led by more than seven. The seven point advantage came early on in the frame after Yazell hit layup and Courtney Pfister made a nice move in the post to extend the lead to 55-48.

The Eagles only scored five points in the next three minutes and change as the home team made a late push and cut the lead to two, 60-58, with three minutes remaining. Allyson Callahan made a nice move to the basket and hit a bucket, but the Cougars wouldn’t go away.

IU Kokomo's Deja Butler – who scored a game-high 19 points – drove to the basket and converted an and-one opportunity to cut the lead back down to one. Midway responded when Patrice Tonge blew by her defender and hit a wide open layup to extend the lead back to three, 64-61.

Neither team scored in the final two minutes, but both teams had their chances. IU Kokomo ended up having three opportunities to tie the game in the final 11 seconds, but none of the shots fell as Midway held on for the 64-61 win. Kinder scored a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Yazell added 11 points and five assists, while Courtney Pfister pitched in with 10. Callahan registered nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Carter, Tonge and Jones added six points each, while Carter and Tonge pulled down nine and six rebounds, respectively.

After traveling to IU Southeast on Tuesday, the Eagles will host Brescia for Senior Day on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

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