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Doane Keeps Pace in GPAC Race

Doane shot 55 percent in the second half as they rallied to defeat Dordt College 67-63 on Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The Tigers only shot 28.6 percent in the first half compared to Dordt's 34.4 percent.  The Defenders led 27-24 at the break.

Doane grabbed their first lead of the game with 15:38 remaining in the second half.  The Tigers trailed by as many as eight points in the first half.  The Tigers' first lead of 35-33 came on a fast-break jumper by Lindsay Anderson.

After Dordt tied the game, Alissa Holland scored six consecutive points to give Doane a 41-35 lead.  Doane was able to build their lead up to nine points before Dordt rallied to retake the lead 51-50.

Trailing by one, Vanessa Munter hit a jumper to give Doane a 52-51 lead with 7:00 remaining.  Dordt took the lead back and held it for two minutes.

With 4:32 left in the game, Holland hit a three-point basket to give Doane a 59-57 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

Up four points and the shot clock winding down, Holland missed a three-point attempt but Jackie Knievel wrestled away the offensive rebound and scored on the put-back to give the Tigers a 65-59 lead with 1:36 left in the game.

Dordt's Kate Du Mez scored a basket to cut the lead to four and after a missed jumper by the Tigers, Du Mez drew a foul on Ashley Sullwold while attempting a three-point shot.  Du Mez hit 2-of-3 free throw attempts to cut the Tigers lead to 65-63. 

Doane was unable to convert a basket on their next offensive possession, forcing a jumper as the shot clock was winding down.  After a Dordt timeout, the Defenders' McKinzie Schmidt missed a free throw line jumper that Sullwold rebounded.  Sullwold was fouled and converted both free throws to seal the four point victory.

The Tigers were led offensively by Lindsay Anderson's 17 points.  Ashley Howard added 14 points and Holland finished with 13.  Holland also collected 10 rebounds.  Sullwold scored 11 points and dished out five assists.

Dordt was paced by Kara Karlsgodt's 13 points.

Doane will host Hastings College on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The Tigers are in a five team battle for home court and a first round bye.

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