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Midway women’s basketball upsets No.25 Rio Grande for fourth straight victory

The Midway University women’s basketball team ran its win streak to a season-high four games on Thursday, Jan. 17, when the Lady Eagles upset the University of Rio Grande inside Marshall Gymnasium in a River States Conference matchup.

The Lady Eagles didn’t outscore the RedStorm by 34 over the final three quarters like they did against Kentucky Christian on Tuesday, but they did outscore the visitors by 12 over the final three quarters en route to the 81-70 victory over the 25th ranked RedStorm.

It wasn’t Midway’s best offensive performance of the season shooting just 42.4 percent overall and 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from long distance, but they held the RedStorm to just 38.3 percent from the floor overall and just 20 percent (3-of-15) from three point range.

The Lady Eagles – who moved above .500 at 9-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play – also had five players that scored in double figures in the win. In her third game back from injury, Haleigh Yazell scored a team-high 15 points. The junior hit three-of-five from three, while going six-of-eight from the charity stripe.

Arryn Dochenetz turned in one her better performances of the season with 14 points on a five-of-eight shooting from the floor. Jill Enix and Allyson Callahan chipped in with 12 points each, while Enix added six rebounds and four assists.

Madison Jones also scored in double figures with 10 points. Kelsee Kinder also had a solid performance with seven points and a game-high six assists.

As has been the case thus far this season, the Lady Eagles didn’t get off to the best of starts trailing by four in the early going, but Yazell got loose hitting back-to-back triples giving Midway a brief lead until the RedStorm took an 18-17 lead after the opening stanza.

Midway got off to a strong start in the second period, getting back-to-back treys from Kindall Talley and Yazell. The Lady Eagles led by as many six in the second following a three from Jones, but they couldn’t extend their lead as they held a 38-36 lead at halftime.

The home team continued to add to their lead in the third frame getting a triple from Callahan and a mid-range jumper from Dochenetz as to build a 52-44 lead.

The strong play rolled over into the fourth where they built their largest lead of the game at 63-52, but the RedStorm rallied late in the fourth making one last bid for a comeback.

Midway went scoreless for nearly two minutes allowing the RedStorm to go on a quick 6-0 run cutting the deficit to 66-62 with just over three minutes remaining. The Eagles, however, responded with six unanswered of their own.

Enix made a nifty move in the post for a layup before Jones hit a running bank shot and Kinder hit a breakaway layup, pushing the lead back to 10.

Midway put the game away down the stretch, going 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 1:25 as they came away with the 81-70 victory.

Rio Grande – currently ranked No. 25 in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 – fell to 13-7 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Jaida Carter had a big double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Jimi Howell had 12 points and Avery Harper added 10.

After a pair of road games at Ohio Christian University on Thursday Jan. 24 and Hiwassee College on Saturday Jan. 26. The Eagles return home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they host Indiana University Kokomo at 5:30 p.m. inside Marshall Gymnasium.

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