The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team was handed a 103-94 loss at Midland Wednesday night in Fremont, Nebraska. The 9th-ranked Chargers dropped to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC, while the Warriors, who are receiving votes in the latest top 25 poll, improved to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The Cliff trailed 55-46 at the break but both teams netted 48 points in the second half as Midland held on for the 9-point win. The Warriors were able to take care of the ball with only nine turnovers while forcing the Chargers into 12 giveaways. Midland was able to capitalize on BC’s miscues, holding an 18-7 advantage in points off turnovers. Both benches were factors in the game with Briar Cliff’s bench outscoring Midland’s reserves 49-44. Another factor in the game was second chance points for the Warriors with a 13-2 edge thanks to eight offensive rebounds and a 28-21 advantage in total rebounding.
Both teams shot highly efficiently in the contest with the Chargers shooting 62.0 percent from the field, 54.2 percent from long range and 76.0 percent from the free throw line, compared to the Warriors shooting 62.7 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.0 percent from the stripe.
BC had five players score in double figures in the ballgame with Jay Wolfe leading the pack with 22 points, followed by Ethan Freidel with 17 points, Blake Wiltgen and Jackson Lamb both chipped in 15 points and Erich Erdman recorded 10 points. Wolfe and Lamb both pulled down five rebounds and Dylan Janecek had a team-high four assists. Erdman led the team in steals with three.
Midland saw three players score at least 20 points in the game and had five players in double-digits with Isaiah Workman pouring in a game-high 26 points. Chase Parsons added 22 points and TK Dixson had 20 points. Ryan Williams and Nick Wood were next in scoring with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Reggie Gradwell grabbed a team-high six boards.
Briar Cliff will now host crosstown rival Morningside on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be a top-15 matchup in the NAIA with the 9th-ranked Chargers hosting the 15th-ranked Mustangs.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team stormed back from a 21 point first quarter deficit to defeat Midland 88-79 at the Wilkert Event Center in Fremont, Nebraska Wednesday evening. Johanna Vaske led the charge for the Blue and Gold and scored a new career high with 29 points. The Chargers improved to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC, while the Warriors fell to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Midland sprinted out of the gate and led 35-14 after the opening quarter. Briar Cliff responded by shooting 81.3 percent (13-16) from the field and won the second period 30-14 but still headed into the locker rooms trailing 49-44. The Blue and Gold continued its comeback by winning the third quarter 23-16 and headed into the final period of play with a 67-65 edge. BC completed the comeback and earned the victory with a 21-14 fourth quarter and won with a final tally of 88-79.
The score was tied on four occasions and the lead only changed hands twice in the contest. The Chargers hit 60.0 percent from the field, 57.9 percent from downtown and 78.6 percent at the free throw line. Comparatively, the Warriors went 40.3 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from distance and 95.2 percent at the charity stripe. BC won the battle down low winning the stasticial categories of rebounds (33-24) and points in the paint (32-26). The Cliff also claimed the advantage in assists (20-12), bench scoring (25-23) and blocks (2-1). Midland benefitted in the areas of points off turnovers (24-18), second chance points (10-9) and steals (13-7).
Vaske led the way for the Blue and Gold and netted a new career high with 29 points. Faith Troshynski was the next most productive scorer with 12 points, trailed by Logan Ehlersthrowing down 11 points and Taylor Wagner contributing nine points. Both Taylor Vasa and Julie Targy chipped in eight points and Abby Heston added six. Wagner and Targy shared the team lead in assists with four apiece. Vaske was the top rebounder and had a near double-double with eight boards to go with her 29 points. Ehlers was second in rebounds with seven caroms. Targy picked Midland’s pocket on three occasions.
Amanda Hansen was the top scorer for MU with 16 points, while both Megan Kucks and Maddie Egr contributed double figure scoring outputs with 13 points apiece. Kucks and Joelle Overkamp paced the Warriors in assists with four apiece. Overkamp was the best rebounder with six boards and Hansen led the defense with four steals.
The Chargers will now turn their attention to the No. 10 Mustangs. Opening tip between Briar Cliff and Morningside is slated for 2 p.m. inside the Newman Flanagan Center on Saturday.