No. 25 Mid-America Christian Women’s Basketball Fends Off No. 16 Sterling for 83-77 New Year’s Eve Victory


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Oklahoma – The No. 25 MACU women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2022 portion of the season with its biggest win of the campaign so far, as the Evangels built a huge lead in the second half before holding on for an 83-77 win at the Gaulek Activity Center Saturday.

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  • Christopher is shy – 26 points, 10-15 FG, 2-3 3FG, 4-6 FT, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Jesse Little – 13 points, 3-8 3FG, 2-2 FT, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds
  • Annelie Thomsen – 10 points, 4-7 FG, 6 Reb
  • Whitney Otton – 7 points, 3-5 FG, 9 reb, 2 blocks

Game Summary

  • first quarter
    • Mid-America Christian converted its first three three-point attempts through the first 1:05 on 3-pointers from Whitney Otton, Jesse Little and Christopher is shy gave the Angels the early 9-5 lead.
    • After a Bailey Albright layup cut the MACU lead in half, the Angels rattled off six unanswered when a pair of Littell foul shots made it 15-7 with 6:26 left.
    • Sterling stormed back scoring seven of the next nine points to close it to 17-14 at 4:19 after a steal by Tia Wilson after a steal by Becky.
    • With both teams scoreless over the next 1:47, Christopher’s second 3-pointer ignited a 12-6 MACU spurt. by Ashley Hopper A lay-in pushed the Evangels ahead with 51 seconds left.
    • Sterling’s Kasen Schultz ended the period by getting a layup with five seconds left to make it 29-22.
  • second quarter
    • Sterling’s defense kept MACU off the board for the first 2:38 before back-to-back buckets by Stuckey and Taya Wilson closed it 29-26 at 8:21.
    • With six and a half minutes left, Christopher ignited the Avangels’ offense by finishing a three-point play with a great drive and scoop down the left baseline before Little’s steal led to Kylie Lovrich Fastbreak three-pointer to extend the MACU lead to 37-28 with just under six minutes left.
    • Sterling scored five straight again to make it a two-goal game, but the Warriors couldn’t get any closer the rest of the half, as another long-range bomb from Leverwich pushed MACU’s lead to 42-35 with three minutes left. left.
    • On both teams’ final possessions of the half, Christopher again made a strong move down the left side by getting Euro in between two defenders before finishing the layup with his left hand to beat the shot clock at the 18-second mark, but the Warriors’ Carsen Schultz was able to foul with 1.7 seconds left and down One of two free throws to make it 45-40 at halftime.
  • third quarter
    • Mid-America Christian opened the second half as a Sidney Wyckoff A board and a quick layup to Littel led to another quick 3-pointer on MACU’s first possession, but the Warriors scored five of the next six to pull it back into the contest 49-45 with just under eight minutes left.
    • After Bailey Albright finished off a score in the paint at 6:37, Annelie Thomsen Sparked a MACU run with a mid-range jumper from the right elbow as the Evangels scored 11 of the next 13 points, sinking a 3-pointer from the left corner by Loverich after a press break to increase MACU’s edge to 64-49 with 3:23 left.
    • Sterling scored the next seven to cut the deficit to 64-56 with just under a minute left, but Thomsen gave MACU back the momentum heading into the fourth quarter with another 3-pointer from the left corner after a press break to send it up 67-56 entering the final period.
  • fourth quarter
    • The Avangels defense pinned Sterling to start the fourth with the Warriors down by just two points over the first 3:20 while back-to-back buckets by Otton and Christopher pushed the MACU lead to 74-58 at the 6:46 mark.
    • Although Albright’s 3-pointer helped end the drought on the ensuing possession, MACU rallied back to take its biggest lead of the contest behind a steal by Christopher and a quick finish on a strong drive at the rim, before Wyckoff forced a layup two possessions later with 4:17 left to turn. It’s a 79-61 game.
    • Sterling heated up from behind the arc in the final four minutes as the Warriors drained four 3-pointers during a 14-2 spurt as Callie Briar’s field goal from downtown with 1:07 left brought it back to within two at 81-75. .
    • to another Ashley Hopper And Schultz converted points to keep it a six-point game, and Wyckoff made one of the biggest plays of the game on MACU’s final possession when she ran an offensive board on Little’s missed shot as the Angels dribbled it out to seal the 83-77 win.
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Game notes

  • Mid-America Christian put together its best shooting performance of the season in the win, as the Avangelis shot a season-high 31-of-62 (50 percent) from the field and also shot a season-best 10-of-22 (45.5). percentages) from a three point range. Despite the losing effort, Sterling also shot well, hitting 30-of-70 (42.9 percent) on his attempts, while going 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from downtown, including 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) in the fourth quarter.
  • Although both teams shot well from the field, MACU and Sterling each struggled from the charity stripe as the Warriors finished 9-of-15 (60 percent) while MACU managed just 11-of-20 (55 percent).
  • Both teams were relatively even in their floor game, with MACU holding a 43-42 edge on the glass while both teams struggled on the possession as each team committed 20 turnovers with 17 assists.
  • Christopher is shy had her second 20-point performance in the last three games as the redshirt sophomore guard poured in a career-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from three to finish with a team-high five assists along with Four rebounds and two steals.
  • On time Jesse Little Struggling from the field, shooting just 4-of-14, the junior guard shot well from behind the arc as he knocked down 3-of-8 and finished with 13 points along with a team-best four assists and three steals.
  • Annelie Thomsen Rounded out MACU’s double-digit scorers with 10 points on 4-of-7 from the floor with six boards.
  • Kylie Lovrich narrowly missed breaking into double figures as she went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc for nine points while dishing out four dimes and pulling down three boards.
  • Whitney Otton Led MACU on the glass with nine rebounds and seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and a pair of blocked shots. Sidney Wyckoff Also displayed a strong floor game with seven points to go with five boards and four assists.
  • Mid-America Christian’s win over Sterling is its first against a team ranked in the NAIA Top 25 this season. MACU’s last Top 25 win came against No. 9 Wayland Baptist (Texas) at the Gaulke Activity Center on Jan. 20 last season.
  • The Avangels have also now won three straight games against Sterling since the 2012-13 season and this is also the team’s first win over the Warriors at home.
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the next

  • Mid-America Christian will look to carry the momentum into its first game of 2023 when the Evangelicals travel to Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, Jan. 2 to take on early Athletic Conference leader Texas Wesleyan. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM at the Sid Richardson Center.
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