In a rematch from the NAIA National Tournament last year, Doane College defeated Benedictine College 72-55 on Sunday afternoon in Crete. The Tigers, 2-0 on the season, are ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Division II preseason poll while Benedictine, 0-1 on the season, is ranked No. 16. Last year, the Ravens defeated Doane with a three-point shot at the buzzer to advance to the quarterfinals.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the majority of the game as the two teams exchanged leads 12 times. Benedictine took a 35-33 lead into halftime thanks to four made free throws, two by Drew Huff and two from Melinda Morrison.
The Ravens got out to a quick start, building a six point lead in the first 2:23 of the second half. Leah Stuhlsatz had four of the six points in the Raven's early run. Doane battled back to tie the game at 42-42 on a Lindsay Anderson (Holdrege) three-point basket. After taking the lead on a Jackie Knievel (West Point) basket, the Ravens tied the Tigers with a basket from Huff.
Benedictine retook the lead on a Courtney Edmonds jumper with 11:46 left in the game but Anderson once again answered with a three-point basket to give Doane the lead at 47-46. Doane would go on to build the lead from that point on as they ended up with a 17-point victory.
Benedictine was led by Stuhlsatz' 12 points. Edmonds and Nicole Reilly had six rebounds each. Reilly led the Ravens with five assists.
Doane was led in scoring by Ashley Howard's (Falls City) 14 points. Ashley Sullwold (Elm Creek) and Anderson added 12 points while Allison Holland (Lincoln) chipped in 11 points. Knievel came in off the bench to contribute eight points for the Tigers. Holland led the team in rebound with eight with Knievel adding seven. Sullwold led Doane with three assists.
Doane held a 43-34 rebounding edge but committed 23 turnovers to the Raven's 19. The Tigers had a 12-3 advantage in second chance points.
Doane will be in action again on Friday, November 10 when they host Marian College (Ind.) at 8:00 pm in Crete. Benedictine will take on Ottawa on November 10 at the Park University Classic in Parkville, Mo.