Nebraska Wesleyan outscored Midland 9-3 over the final three minutes to pull away for a 68-59 victory over the Warriors in GPAC women's basketball action on Tuesday night (Dec. 20) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
It is the second conference win for the Prairie Wolves as they improve to 3-7 overall, 2-5 GPAC while Midland falls to 4-10, 0-8 GPAC.
NWU looked as if they would pull away to start the second half as they opened a 42-30 advantage with just over 15 minutes left in the game.
Midland then went on a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 44-44 with 11:42 left to play. The teams would trade the lead until Mallory Shanahan hit a lay-up on an offensive putback to give NWU a 53-52 lead and the Prairie Wolves would never trail again.
Neither team shot the ball with much success but both teams improved in the second half. The Prairie Wolves finished the game at 37.3 percent, while Midland shot 34.4.
Shea Rasmussen led Nebraska Wesleyan with 21 points hitting four 3-point baskets. Mallory Shanahan had her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Melissa Bennett added 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Three players were in double figures for the Warriors led by Sammy Hislop with 19 points. Shelby Rupprecht and Darien Moon each scored 11.
The NWU women will next play in California on Dec. 29-39 at the Claremont Mudd Scripps/Cal Tech Classic.