FREMONT, Neb. – For the second straight game to start the New Year, Midland University found themselves pitted against a ranked conference foe on Saturday afternoon. No. 18 Northwestern College would rebound from a one-point deficit after the first to earn the 92-61 victory at Wikert Event Center.
The two teams went back and forth in the first period of play. Midland hit seven shots from the field and made all four of their free throws to take a 19-18 lead.
In the second though Midland was unable to maintain their production as they shot just 22% on 4-18 shooting in the quarter. Northwestern countered with an 11-19 quarter, including a pair of three-pointers, to build a 44-29 lead at the intermission.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Red Raider lead expanded to as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter. After the first period Midland was unable to get back to the foul line as often finishing the game 7-10.
Kassidy De Jong of Northwestern led all scorers with 32 points. Her teammate Anna Kiel added 20 from the bench as the Red Raiders outscore Midland 29-14 from the bench.
Joelle Overkamp earned high point honors for the Warriors with 18. Amanda Hansen added 11 points and was the only other player in double figures for Midland.
Midland (8-11, 3-6 GPAC) will be back in action on Wednesday night as they host College of Saint Mary (2-15, 1-8 GPAC). The Warriors and the Flames will tipoff at 6:00 p.m. on January 10th inside Wikert Event Center.