No. 15 Broncos Rally to Defeat No. 24 Doane
In a battle of Top 25 teams, Hastings College rallied behind the efforts of junior college transfer Hruka Yamashito's 17 points to come away with a 64-62 victory over Doane College in Hastings.
Doane led much of the first half, holding a lead of eight points twice. However, seven points from freshman Heather McKeon kept the Broncos close. McKeon was 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line in the first half, including the go-ahead basket with 35 seconds left before intermission.
Alissa Holland led all scorers at the break with nine points for the Tigers. Yamashito led Hastings with eight points.
The two teams traded shots for the first 5:30 of the second half. Hastings would score; Doane would answer with a score of their own.
With the game tied 41-41, Holland converted a lay-up to give the Tigers their first lead since McKeon's three-point basket at the end of the first half.
After the Broncos took a momentary lead three minutes later, Becky Marsh hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Doane a five point lead. The Tigers opened up their largest lead in the half with eight minutes remaining as Holland knocked down a three-pointer to put Doane up 54-46.
However, Hastings quickly tied the game, going on an 8-0 run over two minutes of play. A pair of free throws by Ashley Howard put Doane up two but Yamashito hit her second consecutive three-point basket, this one putting Hastings in front 57-56.
Howard hit three more free throws over the next 40 seconds to put Doane ahead by two. On Hastings next possession, Howard was called for a foul as she attempted to get around a screen on an inbounds attempt. The foul was her fifth. The Broncos made both free throws to tie the game. Hastings had 12 more free throw attempts than Doane did in the game.
The Tigers regained the lead on their next possession as Holland scored on a pass from Amy Fox.
After exchanging possessions, Hastings tied the game at 61-61. Holland hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Tigers a one point lead but Yamashito drove into the lane and hit a lay-up to put Hastings ahead to stay.
The Tigers had two shots in the final seconds but were unable to convert either and had to foul. After Hastings hit one free throw to make the lead 64-62, the Tigers came down for a final attempt to tie but were unable to convert.
For the game, Holland led the Tigers with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Marsh and Justine Munsterman added eight points each. Lindsay Anderson had a team-high five assists.
The Tigers will look to rebound from the loss on Saturday but face another very difficult challenge in the Mt. Marty Lancers. The Lancers are ranked No. 9 in the NAIA.