Doane Drops No. 8 Mount Marty
Doane College picked up an important victory over NAIA Division II No. 8 Mount Marty College, 78-62, on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, ranked 23rd in the NAIA, are looking to position themselves for a possible at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament in case they do not win the conference tournament that starts next week.
The victory moved Doane to 19-9 overall on the season, including a pair of victories over the ranked Lancers.
"We played with a lot of intensity today," said Doane head coach Tracee Fairbanks. "We came out and executed our game plan, both offensively and defensively."
Doane jumped out early and built a double-digit lead midway through the first half. The Tigers were able to build a 14 point lead before the Lancers battled back and cut the lead to seven points going into the break, 37-30. Doane shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half compared to Mount Marty's 42.3 percent.
The Tigers controlled the second half of play from the start. After trading possessions, Doane received a three-point basket from Becky Marsh to build a 40-30 lead. With 14:41 left in the game, Jamie Jensen hit a three-point basket to give Doane a 53-33 edge.
Mount Marty received all their scoring in the first 10 minutes of the second half by converting free throws. The Lancers were 10-of-14 from the charity stripe before hitting their first field goal with 10:04 left. Mount Marty missed their first nine shot attempts to open the final 20 minutes of play.
Doane was able to keep the lead around 20 points before the Lancers finished the game with a 6-0 run to close the margin to 16.
"This was a great victory for us," said Fairbanks. "This is the way we wanted to close out the regular season. Mount Marty is a very good team and they are so consistent and balanced. To defeat a Top 10 team twice in a season will hopefully give us momentum heading into the post-season."
The Tigers were lead offensively by Lindsay Anderson. She finished with a game-high 22 points. She also collected seven rebounds. Alissa Holland was able to get out of her scoring slump as she posted 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. She added seven rebounds. Ashley Howard added 11 points for Doane.
Mount Marty was led in the scoring column by Michelle Amundson's 19 points off the bench. She was 9-of-9 from the free throw line. The Lancers finished the game shooting 35.3 percent from the floor, including 8.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Doane shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 60 percent from behind the three-point line. The Tigers also hit 84.8 percent of their free throw attempts.
"The key offensively was our balance in scoring," commented Fairbanks. "We do much better as a team when everyone gets involved."
Freshmen Marsh and Jensen added nine points each while junior Rudi Molet chipped in with five points and three offensive rebounds.
Doane held the edge in rebounding 38-19. Ashley Sullwold collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers.
Doane will host Midland Lutheran College in the first round of the GPAC tournament on Tuesday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers finished a game back in the conference as four teams tied for first place. The winner of Tuesday's game will travel to Northwestern College for a match-up on February 22 at 5:30 p.m. Mount Marty will receive the second seed in the tournament and host the winner of Dordt College/Dana College.