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Strong Second Half Keys Tiger Victory

Doane College used a hot shooting second half as they came away victorious over Briar Cliff University 65-48 in Crete.  The Tigers (15-7, 9-3 GPAC) shot 48.1 percent for the game and 58.3 percent in the second stanza.  Doane limited Briar Cliff (9-15, 6-7 GPAC) to 28.6 percent from the floor.  The Chargers had shot over 50 percent in their previous two games.

The Tigers went with a taller starting line-up for this game and it paid off early as they jumped ahead 17-4 in the first six minutes of play.  However, Briar Cliff came charging back with a 7-0 run to narrow the Doane lead to five points.  The Tigers recovered from their drought and built a lead of 12 points with 5:08 remaining, 26-14.  The Chargers would trim the lead to nine going into halftime, 29-20.

Doane scored on their first possession of the second half to take a 31-20 lead.  The Chargers out-scored the Tigers 12-7 over the next six minutes of play and cut the lead to six points, 38-32, with 13:58 remaining.  It would the closest Briar Cliff would get in the second half as Doane went on a 17-3 run over eight minutes of play to take a 55-35 lead.

Lindsay Anderson led Doane in scoring with 23 points.  She was 10-of-17 from the floor.  Jackie Knievel added 12 points and nine rebounds.  Justine Munsterman led the Tigers with four assists and two steals.

Briar Cliff was led by Mel Shidell's 14 points and eight rebounds.  Emily Burbach also collected eight rebounds for the Chargers.

The two teams recorded 36 rebounds apiece with Briar Cliff grabbing 17 offensive rebounds compared to the Tigers' 12.  Briar Cliff committed 19 turnovers to Doane's 15.

The Tigers will host Nebraska Wesleyan University on January 31 at 7:30 p.m.  The Prairie Wolves are coming off an 86-45 loss at Mount Marty College on Saturday.