Doane Unable to Finish Off Upset Bid
Doane (6-7) put together a solid effort on Wednesday evening against NCAA Division II foe Fort Hays State (9-1) and nearly pulled off the upset, falling 68-62. The DC Tigers held a 10 point lead at halftime but rebounding and second chance points proved to be a difference in the second half. Doane outscored FHSU 13-0 in second chance points in the first half but were outscored 13-4 in the second half.
Doane built a 10 point lead in the first half behind a balanced attack as four starters had six points or more. Doane also held Naomi Bancroft in check as the FHSU guard entered the game averaging 18 points a game. She had six at halftime.
However, it was Bancroft who turned the game around for the FHSU Tigers as she posted 18 second half points. Doane also struggled from the floor in the second half as they were held to 28.6-percent shooting. They hit 43.8-percent of their shots in the first half while hitting 5-of-11 three-point shots.
Doane was paced by Hannah Helman's 18 points. Vanessa Munter added 14 points and Cheryl Braithwait finished with 12. Brittany Lurz and Munter had a game-high eight rebounds apiece. Braithwait led the team with three steals.
Fort Hays State received 24 points from Bancroft to lead all scorers. Traci Keyser came off the bench to throw in 13 points, all in the first half. Erica Biel led FHSU with seven rebounds while Bancroft had a game-high five steals.