Midway, Ky. – The Midway University women's basketball team returned to the hardwood on Thursday, February 9, when they hosted Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) inside the friendly confines of Marshall Gymnasium.
The Eagles were able to overcome a slow start and a cold shooting night as they defeated the visitors by a final score of 72-59. The Eagles extended their win streak to three and push their record to 19-8 overall and 10-5 in River States Conference play.
With the win, Midway moves into second place in the RSC west division, trailing Indiana University Kokomo by one game. The win also sets up a showdown between Midway and IU Kokomo on Saturday, February 11, in Kokomo, Indiana in a game that has been tabbed at the RSC Game of the Week.
After Cincinnati Christian (7-18, 4-11 RSC) had led throughout much of the first quarter, the Eagles began battling back at the end of the first period and on into the second. Midway used a 10-0 run over the first and second quarters to build a 21-14 lead en route to a 34-30 edge at half.
CCU cut the lead down to two right out of the break, but the Eagles responded and rattled off seven unanswered to push their lead back out to nine, 41-32. The visitors, however, wouldn't go away as they battled back to take the lead midway through the third stanza.
The game would eventually be tied with just over one minute left in the third quarter as Breanna Ball (Dayton, Ky.) knocked down a bucket to give the Eagles a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they took a 50-48 lead into the fourth period.
The Eagles got a pair of baskets from Courtney Pfister (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and buckets from Haleigh Yazell (Paris, Ky.) and Ball to push their lead out to eight to start the fourth. The Eagles would lead by a steady amount over the final minutes as they walked away with the 72-59 win.
The Eagles got a game-high 23 points and six rebounds from Pfister. Pfister shot 8-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Ball pitched in with 18 points, while Yazell added 11 points off the bench.
The Eagles also won the rebounding battle, 48-44, thanks to the efforts of Rachel Carter (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Patrice Tonge (Lebanon, Ky.). Carter finished with a game-high nine boards, while Tonge pulled down seven.
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