Big Second Half Carries Tigers to Win
Doane used a strong offensive second half to pull away from Nebraska Wesleyan 76-54 on Wednesday evening in Crete. The Tigers, 16-7 overall and 10-3 in the GPAC, used a 13-0 run to start the second half. The Prairie Wolves dropped their 15th straight GPAC game, dating back to the 2005-06 season. NWU stands at 2-19 overall and 0-14 in the GPAC this year.
Doane got off to a quick start, jumping ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan 17-10 in the first 6:28 of the game but the Prairie Wolves used a 14-2 run to take a five point lead with 8:47 remaining in the first half. The Tigers responded with a 5-0 run that tied the game 24-24 but NWU put another run together, this time a 6-0 mark.
With the Prairie Wolves up 30-24 with 6:44 remaining, Doane used a 10-0 run to take a 34-30 lead with 3:01 left in the first half. NWU picked up the only basket in the final three minutes as Doane led 34-32 at halftime.
The Tigers' 13-0 run to start the second half was sparked by seven points from Alissa Holland. The Prairie Wolves were able to put together a 9-2 run midway through the second half to pull within five points, but it would be the closest that NWU could cut the deficit.
With Doane ahead 53-48 and 8:51 remaining in the game, the Tigers went on a 15-3 run over the next 4:39 of play to take a 68-51 lead with 4:12 left.
The Tigers closed the game with an 8-0 run in the final 2:19.
Doane was led in scoring by Holland's 21 points. Ashley Sullwold added 16 points, nine rebounds, and six steals. Lindsay Anderson put in 14 points and collected five assists. Ashley Howard added 12 points and Jackie Knievel posted three blocked shots.
Nebraska Wesleyan was led by Sarah Henning's 15 points. Devan Aschtgen added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Each team collected 41 rebounds. Doane forced 20 Prairie Wolf turnovers while committing only 15.
For the game, Doane shot 48.5 percent from the floor (32-of-66) while NWU shot 34.8 percent (23-of-66). The Tigers shot 46.2 percent from behind the three-point arc, including 100 percent in the second half.
Doane will travel to Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday to take on the Dordt Defenders. Last week, Dordt knocked off GPAC leader Morningside 83-81 in Sioux Center. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.