Free Throws Set Tone for Dana Game
The never-say-quit Vikings of Dana College didn't let a 24 point deficit stop them from making the Tigers have to hold on for a victory in Crete on Tuesday evening. Dana scored 21 points in the final five minutes of play and got as close as eight points with 47 seconds remaining. The Tigers held on for a 90-81 victory.
Doane got off to another slow start as Dana hit a pair of three-point baskets to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
After a turnover and missed shot attempt, the Tigers scored on their next six possessions to take a 12-8 lead. Alissa Holland had six of the Tiger points.
Doane was able to build a lead as high as 13 points several times in the first half but Dana never went away as they continued to answer. Tricia Trotter pulled the Vikings to within nine points with 29 seconds remaining as she connected on a three-point basket.
Doane went back to their offensive end where Lindsay Anderson missed a jump shot but Amy Fox picked up the rebound and was fouled. She connected on her first free throw to put the Tigers up 48-38 at halftime.
Dana came out of halftime and put together an 11-4 run to pull within three points at 52-39 with 14:33 remaining.
Doane responded by going on a 21-3 run over the next five minutes of play. During the run that put the Tigers up by 21 points, Jenna Koster picked up five points and Lindsay Anderson and Nicole Anderson collected four points each.
The Tigers eventually built their lead to 24 points with 5:27 remaining. With several substitutions in for Doane, the Vikings took advantage and reduced the lead to 10 points with one minute to play. Allie Lamb paced Dana's run with 10 points. The Tigers starters re-entered the game to hold off the late Viking charge.
Doane was led by Lindsay Anderson's 18 points. Ashley Howard added 16 points with Holland posting 12 points. Nicole Anderson pitched in 10 points. Lindsay Anderson had a team-high seven rebounds and tied for team-high honors with four assists. Nicole Anderson also had four assists.
Dana was led by Allie Lamb's 22 points. Amy Nichol added 13 points with Heidi Gowery scoring 12 points and posting five assists.
Doane will travel to Butte, Montana, to take on three schools in three day over the holiday break. The Tigers will face Carroll College on Friday, November 24. Carroll is 10-0 on the season and ranked No. 15 in NAIA Division I.