Fremont, Neb. – The Midland University women's basketball team upset No. 9 Briar Cliff University, 65-61, on Wednesday. The Warriors outshot the Chargers 39 percent to 27 percent on the night.
"We couldn't be more proud of the way the girls played tonight," Matt Fritsche, Midland University women's basketball head coach. "Our seniors mean a lot to this program and we're happy they were able to experience this on their night."
Jami Thramer led the Warriors, recording a double double 15 points and 20 rebounds. Thramer also posted four blocks and three steals in the win. Darien Moon added 12 points, seven rebounds, and three steals in the contest, while Jamilah Johnson and Joelle Andersen contributed 10 points.
The Warriors trailed, 6-2, early in the first half. At 16:18 a Darian Moon lay-up brought Midland within two of the lead. With just over ten minutes left in the half a Taylor Shepard lay-up tied up the score at 13. However, Briar Cliff answered with five straight points to break the spread up. At 2:15 a Jamilah Johnson three-pointer cut the Warrior deficient to 28-26 and kicked off a 10-2 Midland run to finish the half. The Warriors took a 33-30 at half time over NAIA's ninth ranked team in the nation. Midland shot 40 percent from the field in the first half. They were only one of five from beyond the arch and four of nine for 44 percent from the line.
Midland started off the second half hot with a 10-0 run taking a 43-30 lead with 16:40 left in the contest. At 11:47 a Darien Moon jumper put the Warriors up 47-41, but Briar Cliff would chisel away at the Midland lead to bring the game within one at 6:39. A Danielle Stephan three-point play would give the Warriors a 57-54 lead. However, just two minutes later Briar Cliff tied up the contest at 58. With 15 seconds remaining a Briar Cliff three-point play would cut the Midland lead to only one. On the next possession Briar Cliff was forced to foul sending Darien Moon to the line to convert two free throws for a 64-61, Warrior lead. Midland would pull off the upset with a final score of 65-61.
On the game, the Warriors hit 39 percent of their shots. They were five of 20 from three-point land for 20 percent and 10 of 18 from the line for 55 percent.
Midland moves to 12-17 overall and 6-13 in GPAC play, while Briar Cliff drops to 22-7 overall and 13-6 in GPAC play. The Warriors will wrap up their season Saturday, Feb. 16th on the road to Orange City, Iowa to take on No. 11 Northwestern College. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.