Kokomo, Ind. – The Midway University women's basketball team did something on Saturday afternoon that hasn't been done at Midway since the 2007-08 season, surpass the 20 win plateau.
The Eagles moved their overall record to 20-8 and 11-5 within River States Conference play when they defeated Indiana University Kokomo, 68-61, in the River States Conference Game of the Week.
The win also moves the Eagles into a tie for first place in the west division with two games remaining. IU Kokomo moves to 18-10 overall and 11-5 in conference play. The Cougars travel to Asbury (Ky.) and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in their final two games, while Midway hosts Indiana University Southeast and Brescia (Ky.) in their final two contests.
The Eagles would need a fourth quarter comeback after they entered the final period trailing 45-40. Midway would get just that as they outscored the Cougars 28-16 over the final 10 minutes to come away with the 68-61.
The Cougars converted a three point play to push their lead out to 48-42 to open the final stanza, but Midway began making a comeback. The Eagles turned the six point deficit into a three point lead after they went on a 9-0 run.
Madison Jones (Union, Ky.) knocked down a jumper, while Haleigh Yazell (Paris, Ky.) knocked down a pair of freebies and a triple to give the Eagles a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Jasmine Johnson (Liberty, Ky.) completed the run by knocking down a pair at the charity stripe.
IU Kokomo wouldn't make it easy on the visitors as they cut the Eagles' lead down to one on four separate occasions in the final five minutes, but each time, the Eagles dialed up an answer.
The Cougars cut the deficit down to two, 63-61, with 41 seconds remaining, but John Kenger drew up a play that got the ball to Courtney Pfister (Mt. Washington, Ky.) as she converted an and-one and Breanna Ball (Dayton, Ohio) got a breakaway layup to seal the win.
The first three quarters of the game was a back and forth battle that saw seven ties and five lead changes. The Cougars took a 14-13 lead after the first quarter on a half court buzzer beater, but the Eagles outscored the Cougars 13-7 in the second period taking a 26-21 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles had three players finish in double figures led by Ball who finished with 14 points, while Johnson and Yazell pitched in with 12 points apiece. Patrice Tonge (Lebanon, Ky.) and Rachel Carter (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) didn't score in double figures, but finished with 11 and nine rebounds, respectively.
IU Kokomo was led by Dejianna Butler who finished with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds, while Deja Felder chipped in with 11 points. Whitney Williamson also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Midway will return to action on Tuesday, February 14, when they host IU Southeast at 6 p.m. ET, while IU Kokomo will travel to Asbury for a 6 p.m. ET tipoff on Tuesday.
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