Grenadiers dominate Midway University


Enrique Bryan

Thomas sets up the offense in the first quarter. The Grenadiers would go on to win by 47 points.

Enrique Bryan, Staff Reporter

On Jan. 26, 2016 the IUS women`s basketball team dominated Midway University, with a final score of 95-48.

The Grenadiers started hot and stayed that way against Midway’s much smaller lineup.

The first half finished with the Grenadiers sitting in a good spot to win the game. At the end of the first half, the Grenadiers led by 27, and they never trailed in the game.

Sophomore guard Annie Thomas led all scorers at the end of the first half with 14 points. Thomas also had a standout play when she made a 3 pointer at the buzzer before the first half ended.

“They shared the ball with one another unselfishly, and they didn’t care who scored,” Head Coach Robin Farris said. “It was fun to watch.”

Farris said that their goal was to go into the second half with the same focus and ball movement that they had in the first half.

However, the second half got away from Midway. The Grenadiers led by as much as 48 points.

The Grenadiers defense kept Midway to shooting 30 percent from the field and holding them to 24 percent from behind the arc.

It was fun to watch.”

— Head Coach Robin Farris

If that last stat didn’t prove that their defense was good, how do 19 forced turnovers sound? The Grenadiers would ultimately score 27 points off those turnovers.

“We emphasized our defense with playing gaps and we did a good job in the first quarter with doing that.” junior guard Michaela Harris said.

The Grenadiers ended this game early. The score after the first quarter told it all, where the Grenadiers led by 20.

Keeping the Grenadiers’ turnovers low was a something that helped them get the win, Harris said. The Grenadiers committed 10 turnovers as Midway would score 10 points off it.

The Grenadiers looked like giants compared to Midway. Farris said that they had the advantage in the post.

The Grenadiers would dominate the paint with 44 points to Midways 22 points.

The Grenadiers capitalized on their height advantage as they went on to outrebound Midway by 20. Help also came from the 17 offensive rebounds grabbed. This led to 27-second chance points.

Five Grenadiers scored double-digit points in the win.

Thomas led the team with 19 points. She also added seven rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Mary Dye had 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Harris ended with 14 points, Junior forward Jocelyn Mousty had 11 points and freshman Baylee Krueger provided pivotal scoring off the bench with scoring 10 points.

This win puts the Grenadiers to 9-9 overall with a 6-3 conference record. As it stands right now, the Grenadiers are in third in their division and fifth in the Conference.

The Grenadiers are back in action as they will host conference foe Alice Lloyd College on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. in the IU Southeast’s activities building.