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Doane Falls Hard in Mitchell

The Doane women's basketball team trailed from the start as they fell 73-48 to Dakota Wesleyan University on Sunday afternoon in Mitchell, S.D.  Two factors in the loss were shooting percentage and free throws.  Dakota Wesleyan shot 49-percent from the floor to Doane's 33-percent.  DWU also shot 23 free throws to Doane's seven; fouls were 21-13 against Doane.

Early in the game, the Tigers kept it close and were within one point, 10-9, with 14 minutes remaining in the half.  DWU, however, went on a 20-4 run to take a 17 point lead at 30-13.   The Doane defense locked down and held DWU scoreless over the next six minutes of play and cut the lead to eight points.  Dakota Wesleyan picked up a lay-up and two free throws to take the lead back to 10 points at halftime, 34-24.

Dakota Wesleyan opened the second half by shooting free throws on their first two possessions to build their lead to 14.  The Tigers answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to seven points, 38-31.  Dakota Wesleyan responded with an 11-2 run to retake a 16 point advantage and they never looked back.

Doane received 10 points apiece from Lindsay Shaw and Kristine Ortmeier.  Vanessa Munter and Brittany Lurz added eight points each.  Savannah Lohmeier and Morgan Dubas joined Munter with a team-high five rebounds.  They combined for 15 of Doane's 26 rebounds as the Tigers were out-rebounded by 17.

Dakota Wesleyan was led by Allison Johnson's 17 points and four assists.  Ashley Mailey added 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.