Doane Secures Home Playoff Game
The Doane women's basketball team clinched a home playoff berth on Wednesday evening by rallying past Midland, 85-81, in Fremont. The Tigers overcame a 15-point deficit with hot shooting in the second half. Doane secured a Top Seven finish in the GPAC and pending the result of their game on Saturday at Dordt, they will receive either the sixth or seventh seed.
Cheryl Braithwait put the Tigers on the board first to open the game with a three-point basket off a pass from Brittany Lurz. Skolnick scored the Tigers second bucket and Braithwait added her second field goal to give Doane a 7-6 lead after three minutes of play.
Over the next four minutes, Midland went on a 15-0 run to take a 14-point lead, 21-7. The Warriors largest lead of the first half was 15, 29-14, following a three-pointer by Megan Torkelson. Torkelson carried Midland with five three-point baskets and 15 points in the first half as the Warriors led 50-39 at the break. The Warriors shot 53-percent from the floor in the half while hitting 7-of-9 three-point attempts.
Doane opened the second half with a 12-1 run to tie the game at 51-all. The Tigers received scoring from four different players during the run, including four points from Savannah Lohmeier. Midland took the lead back but Doane kept the game within three-points.
Trailing by two, 73-71, with five minutes remaining the Tigers hit three-point baskets on three consecutive possessions covering one minute of playing time. Braithwait hit the first followed by back-to-back treys from Lurz. Lurz posted 14 points in the second half rally. Doane took their largest lead following the third trey, 80-75. The Warriors closed within one point on two occasions but the Tigers received three free throws by Lurz in the final 20 seconds to secure the win.
Doane shot 64-percent in the second half, hitting 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. For the game, the Tigers hit on 52-percent of their shots. They shot 78-percent from the free throw line as well.
Braithwait led the Tigers with 22 points while Lurz added 16 points. Madara Upeniece added 12 points off the bench for the Tigers. Nicole Skolnick led all rebounders with 12 boards. Lurz had a game-high seven assists and Lohmeier had a game-best three steals.
Torkelson posted 24 points, 21 of those points coming from behind the arc. Jami Thramer posted a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Doane will play the final regular season game at Dordt College on Saturday. The opening tip is set for 2 PM.