Doane Rallies for First Round Win
Doane gave up 22 points and trailed by 11 eight minutes into their opening round game versus St. Francis (Ill.) at the St. Xavier Tournament but a feisty comeback allowed the Tigers to pull out a 69-66 victory over the Saints. The Doane "D" stepped up and limited USF to 15 points under their season average per game. St. Francis also averaged 10 made 3-point attempts per game while shooting 35 percent from behind the arc. Doane held USF to four made 3-point attempts and 26.7 percent from behind the arc.
St. Francis scored the first points of the second half to go up three, 35-32, but back-to-back baskets by the Tigers gave Doane their first lead of the game. USF came back with a hoop of their own to retake the lead but again, Doane took the lead back following a pair of free throws from Alissa Holland. Doane would not give up the lead again, building a nine point advantage and seeing USF tie the game on two occasions in the final 18 minutes of play.
Holland came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Lindsay Anderson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Amy Fox pulled down seven rebounds while blocking three shots.
St. Francis was led by Katie Carls' 14 points. Jacqie Storm posted 13 points and six rebounds for the Saints.
Doane managed to survive 27 turnovers by limiting USF to 35.9 percent shooting from the floor. The Tigers also grabbed 17 offensive rebounds on their way to holding a 50-31 rebounding edge. Doane's second chance points were 16-6 in the Tigers favor.
Doane will take on Spring Arbor University at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 28. The Cougars upset nationally ranked St. Ambrose University. The game can be heard on the Tiger Sports Network.