Doane Defeats #14 Benedictine
For the second straight game, the Tigers came from behind to defeat a Top 25 opponent. Doane traveled to Atchinson, Kan., to take on the Ravens of Benedictine College on Thursday evening. The game was the third match-up in three years, with the two teams splitting the first two. Doane won the rubber match, 68-61. It was the Raven's first loss of the season (4-1) while Doane improved to 4-2 heading into conference play.
The Tiger's largest lead in the first half was five points but the 14th ranked Ravens rallied to take a four point lead at halftime. Lindsay Anderson, a junior from Holdrege, hit a jumper with 13:44 left in the first half to put the Tigers ahead by five. Anderson's basket put her over 1,000 career points.
In the second half, Doane used a 7-0 run to take a three point lead. The following eight possessions, the two teams exchanged two-point baskets until Benedictine's Alena Cooney hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 40-40. A pair of baskets by Anderson started the Tigers on an 8-0 run. She finished with a game-high 27 points.
Benedictine eventually pulled within a point at 54-53 but Anderson knocked down a three-pointer at the top of the key off an offensive rebound to extend the Doane lead. The Tigers hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to pull away for the victory.
Alissa Holland (Lincoln) posted a double-double for the Tigers with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amy Fox (Papillion) almost posted the same numbers as she finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Hannah Helman (Brainard) added 11 points for Doane.
Benedictine was led by Abby Winder and Courtney Edmonds' 14 points each.
Doane will travel to Lincoln for the GPAC opener against Nebraska Wesleyan University. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM, with the men's game to follow. The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network.