Midway, Ky. – After moving into a tie for first place this past weekend by picking up a victory over IU Kokomo, the Midway University women's basketball team suffered a setback on Tuesday night in Marshall Gymnasium when they hosted Indiana University Southeast.
The Eagles were forced to comeback throughout the game after they faced a 17 point deficit at one point in the second quarter. Midway battled back and took the lead and forced overtime, but came up short in overtime as the Grenadiers walked away with the 73-72 win.
After coming out sluggish in the first period, the Eagles (20-9, 11-6 RSC) would face their largest deficit in the game at 26-9 with 8:25 remaining in the second period. The Eagles had the lead down to 30-14 and from that point they caught fire and started clicking on all cylinders.
After they trailed 30-14, the Eagles went on an 11-0 run over the final four minutes and 15 seconds in the second frame to cut the deficit to five, 30-25, at intermission.
The run would continue into the third period as the Eagles tied the game at 35 before senior, Jasmine Johnson (Liberty, Ky.) stepped into a mid-range jumper giving the home team its first lead of the game at 37-35. The two teams would trade baskets over the final moments of the third stanza as it was Midway who took a 47-46 advantage into the final period.
The Eagles had built their lead up to its largest of the game at 52-46 to open the fourth period, but the Grenadiers (15-13, 10-7 RSC) came storming back. The visitors responded with an 11-0 run of their own giving themselves a five point lead, 57-52, with just under two minutes left.
A Patrice Tonge (Lebanon, Ky.) free throw and a triple from Breanna Ball (Dayton, Ohio) cut the lead down to one. After IU Southeast went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe, John Kenger, called timeout and drew up a play.
Ball this time was the facilitator as she found an open Timitryi Patterson (Bowling Green, Ky.) who drained a trey from the top of the key sending the game to overtime tied at 59 apiece.
The Eagles led right off the bat in overtime, but the Grenadiers battled back and took a five point lead, 71-66, with just under a minute remaining in OT. A layup by Rachel Carter (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and a pair of freebies from Patterson had the lead down to one with 21 seconds left.
Just like the end of regulation, IU Southeast toed the line and hit a pair of free throws extending its lead back to three. The Eagles had a chance when Johnson had a look at a triple from the corner, but it was off the mark. Patterson grabbed the offensive board and hit the layup, but time expired on the ensuing inbounds as IU Southeast walked away with the 73-72 win.
The Eagles had three players finish in double figures led by Patterson who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Tonge added 11 points and eight boards. Carter collected her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Midway will return to action this Thursday when they host Brescia (Ky.) for Senior Night in their regular season finale at 6 p.m. ET.
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