Midland University had a successful home opener in women’s basketball Saturday afternoon at the Wikert Event Center.
Maddie Egr made sure of it.
Egr, a junior forward-center from Yutan, scored 26 points, in her home debut as the Lady Warriors defeated Dakota State (South Dakota) 85-74.
Egr, a transfer from Northeast Community College, hit 12 of 18 shots from the field and drained two of three free throws. She also had seven rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals to help Midland improve to 4-3.
Egr had plenty of help as three other Lady Warriors scored in double figures. Joelle Overkamp had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Madison Severson added 13 points, five steals and three assists while Hiliary Huss came off the bench to contributed 11 points.
Fellow reserves Makenna Sullivan and Maddie Meadows also had eight points apiece. Megan Kucks tied Overkamp for the team lead in assists as both seniors had four.
Midland only led 57-54 entering the final quarter. After an Egr field goal, two Cassie Jones free throws pulled the Trojans to within 59-56.
Overkamp and Huss hit consecutive 3-point baskets to extend the advantage to 65-58 with 8:02 remaining.
An Egr basket with 4:04 left stretched the lead to 78-65 and the Trojans never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Midland hit 30 of 59 shots from the floor (50.8 percent) while the Trojans were limited to 26 of 61 (42.6 percent).
Linsey Vogl led the Trojans with 25 points, including a 5 of 9 performance from 3-point territory. Jones had 12 points off the bench while Britley Plautz had six points and 10 rebounds. Raven Patton had nine points and Kennedy Wagner contributed eight.
Midland returns to Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Tuesday night when the Lady Warriors host Dakota Wesleyan at 6 at the Wikert Event Center. The Tigers are 6-1 overall, including 1-1 in league play.
Dakota State — Lindsey Vogl 25, Kennedy Wagner 8, Britley Plautz 6, Jamie Tebben 4, Shelby Vogel 2, Cassie Jones 12, Raven Patton 9, Leah Marsh 4, Kelley Criddle 2, Alexis Evans 2.
Midland — Maddie Egr 26, Joelle Overkamp 14, Madison Severson 13, Amanda Hansen 4, Megan Kucks 1, Hiliary Huss 11, Makenna Sullivan 8, Maddie Meadows 8.