ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Northwestern won its fifth straight while snapping a five-game victory streak for Midland University on Saturday afternoon.
The 10th-ranked Red Raiders jumped to a 25-11 lead and went on to defeat Midland 86-75 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game.
Chris Borchers’ jumper helped the Red Raiders extend the lead to 42-24 with 2:59 left in the opening half. The Warriors finished the half on a 7-2 run that included four points by Nick Wood to cut the deficit to 44-31.
Northwestern built the lead to 20 points in the second half and still led 68-51 on a pair of Nathan Wedel free throws with 7:17 left. Midland, however, went on a 13-2 run that was capped by a Reggie Gradwell jumper with 4:16 remaining.
Riley Francis answered Gradwell’s field goal with a 3-point shot and MU never got closer than eight the rest of of the way.
Isaiah Workman led Midland, 16-13 overall and 6-11 in the GPAC, with 21 points. Sophomore Ryan Williams added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Wood added eight points before fouling out
Nathan Wedel and Derek Buysse led Northwestern, 22-4 overall and 12-4 in the GPAC, with 24 points each. Francis added 18 points and three assists.
In the women’s game, ninth-ranked Northwestern used a balanced scoring attack to pick up a 92-72 win.
Renee Maneman led six Northwestern players in double figures with 17 points. She added 14 assists. Darbi Gustafson contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds while Anna Kiel had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kassidy De Jong (13), Haley Birks (12) and Paige Danner (10) also hit double digits.
The Lady Warriors trailed 17-7 in the first quarter, but battled back. Amanda Hansen had five points during a 13-6 run by MU. Joelle Overkamp and Maddie Meadows added 3-point baskets during the surge. Meadows’ hoop cut the deficit to 23-20 with 1:06 left in the period.
Northwestern used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to build a 49-33 halftime advantage.
Overkamp led Midland, 14-15 overall and 9-10 in the league, with 23 points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Megan Kucks added 14 points and four assists. Hansen added 11 points.
Northwestern improves to 20-6 overall and 15-3 in the league.
The Midland teams will host Hastings at 6 and 8 Wednesday night at the Wikert Event Center.
Midland — Ryan Williams 16, Nick Wood 8, Marti Fonolla 5, Shak Triplett 6, Chase Parsons 6, Reggie Gradwell 7, Tyler Craven 6, Isaiah Workman 21.
Northwestern — Riley Francis 18, Colton Kooima 5, Parker Mulder 6, Nathan Wedel 24, Derek Buysse 24, Steven Kragt 2, Chris Borchers 7.
Midland 20 13 20 19 — 72
Northwestern 25 24 20 23 — 92
Midland — Maddie Egr 8, Megan Kucks 14, Amanda Hansen 11, Madison Severson 6, Joelle Overkamp 23, Maddie Meadows 6, Hiliary Huss 2, Tara Cannon 2.
Northwestern — Haley Birks 12, Darbi Gustafson 15, Renee Maneman 17, Paige Danner 10, Kassidy De Jong 13, Erika Sage 6, Brooke Hunwardsen 3, Sammy Blum 3, Anna Kiel 10, Katie Vander Molen 3.