Doane Upsets No. 13 Sterling
Despite a height disadvantage, the Doane women's basketball team was able to come away with a 75-65 victory at home over NAIA No. 13 Sterling College on Friday afternoon. The Warriors started three players at 6-0 or taller while Doane's line-up averaged 5-7 with the tallest player in Vanessa Munter who is 5-11.
Doane scored the first basket of the game but found themselves behind for the next seven minutes of play. The Tigers took the lead back at the 12:39 mark in the first half and never trailed again during the game. They used a 14-0 run to turn a 16-13 deficit into a 27-16 lead.
It was Munter who had a big day in the upset victory. She finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while hitting 11-of-16 shot attempts. Cheryl Braithwait also came up big for the Tigers, especially in the second half. Braithwait scored 11 of her 14 points in the second stanza and she also finished with a game-high four assists.
Sterling stayed in the game behind 6-1 junior Megan Patrick. Patrick scored 28 points as she hit six three-point baskets. As a team, the Warriors hit 10-of-25 attempts (40-percent) from behind the arc. They came in shooting below 30-percent from down town. Cathryn Wiebe, a 6-0 forward, finished with 23 points and matched Patrick with a team-high five rebounds.
Doane's biggest sparks off the bench came from Morgan Dubas and Kristine Ortmeier. Dubas was 3-of-4 from the floor from the post position despite standing at 5-7. Kristine Ortmeier, a 5-9 forward, finished with a game-high 10 rebounds for Doane.
The win for Doane evened their record at 4-4 on the year and they picked up their first win over a ranked team on the season (1-2).