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Doane College used balance scoring and a strong defensive attack to pull away from Midland Lutheran College 87-68 on Wednesday evening in Crete. The Tigers shot 54.8 percent from the floor compared to MLC's 39.7 percent. The Warriors kept the game close by attempting more free throws than the Tigers. Midland Lutheran converted 20-of-24 attempts while Doane went 14-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Doane used a 12-2 run to start the game but Midland Lutheran responded with a 14-6 run to pull within two points at 18-16. The Tigers responded after a timeout with an 8-2 run of their own to create a little breathing room. Doane took a 47-32 lead into halftime.
The Tigers didn't waste much time in the second half, building their lead up to 22 points in the first 4:30 of play. Doane was able to build a lead of 28 points with 3:32 remaining on a Justine Munsterman lay-up but the Warriors closed the game on a 9-0 run.
Doane was led offensively by Ashley Sullwold's 18 points and five assists. Becky Marsh added 15 points and Alissa Holland contributed 11 points. Lindsay Anderson and Ashley Howard posted 10 points each. Jackie Knievel came off the bench to add nine points and Munsterman chipped in seven.
Midland Lutheran was led by Allie Rippe's 13 points and seven rebounds. The Warriors committed 24 turnovers in the game which led to 27 Tiger points.
Doane will travel to Sioux Falls on Saturday to take on the Cougars at 2:00 pm. The game will be aired on KDNE 91.9 (Crete) and can also be heard via the Doane web site.