CRETE – Midland University rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Doane 88-77 on Wednesday night in a Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball game.
The win improves the Lady Warriors to 6-4 overall, including 1-2 in the GPAC. Doane falls to 4-6 overall, including 0-4 in the league.
Midland trailed 47-39 at the break, but the Lady Warriors battled back. Hiliary Huss hit two free throws with 3:05 left in the third quarter to tie it at 57. Maddie Meadows’ 3-point shot broke the tie and helped MU to a 62-57 lead entering the final quarter.
“We were not very good defensively in the first half,” Midland coach Shawn Gilbert said. “Doane did a great job of attacking us and we didn’t respond very well. In the third quarter we re-established ourselves defensively and kept them off of the line. We played tough the last five minutes of the game, executed well and got the victory.”
Bailey Zarybnicky of the Tigers hit a 3-point basket with 5:08 remaining to force the final tie at 69-69. Joelle Overkamp and Maddie Egr combined for all of the points during MU’s 8-2 run that put the Lady Warriors ahead for good.
Overkamp led all scorers with 26 points. She added seven rebounds, four steal and a pair of assists. Egr, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, scored all 15 of her points in the second half. Madison Severson and Megan Kucks added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Kucks also had a team-high five assists.
Midland will face 10th-ranked Morningside at 2 Saturday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa. The Mustangs are 9-2 overall, including 4-0 in the league.