BELLEVUE, Neb. -- A spirited fourth quarter by the (RV) Bellevue University women's basketball team wasn't enough to overcome a 19-point deficit to Midland University as the Bruins dropped their first game of the season, 86-74, on Thursday evening at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.
(RV) Bellevue: 3-1
Recap: Midland 86, (RV) Bellevue 74
Midland shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and hit on 5-of-12 three-point attempts to build an 11-point advantage at the intermission, 43-32.
The Warriors held BU to just three points in the third quarter before Faith Ross knocked down a trifecta at the 4:15 mark to cut a 16-point deficit to 51-38.
Midland led by as many as 22 points with 52 seconds left in the third. Jamie Winkler drained a three at the end of the quarter to give Bellevue a hint of momentum headed into the final period.
The Bruins out-scored Midland 20-12 in the first 7:16 of the fourth quarter to pull within 11 points.
Bellevue got as close as nine, 81-72, following a pair of free throws from Taeha Pankey with 46 seconds left but were unable to pull any closer.
Elexis Martinez scored a game-high and career-high tying 25 points, narrowly missing a double-double as she finished with nine rebounds. She was 9-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
The Warriors picked up a 16-6 advantage in second chance points to go along with a 16-15 offensive rebounding advantage and 38-32 rebounding advantage in total.
Maddie Egr led Midland with 16 points while Maddie Meadows tallied 14 and a team-best seven rebounds, including knocking down 4-of-7 threes, many of which were momentum stoppers.
Lexis Haase and Katy Gathje each tossed in 11 for Midland to join Egr and Meadows in double figures.
Midland out-shot BU 51.8-40.4 percent for the game.
Bellevue squares off with (RV) Oklahoma Wesleyan University (3-0) tomorrow afternoon in the BU/NCC Classic. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.