Tigers Fall in Championship Game
St. Xavier used strong shooting and solid defense to top Doane College in the championship game of their own tournament, 82-73. The Cougars took a 13 point lead into halftime and Doane was able to pull within nine points several times but never able to get over the hump to close the game.
St. Xavier gained their first half lead behind the hot shooting of Sarah Wilson. Wilson was 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. Wilson scored all 12 of her points in the first half. Jackie Heine, the tournament MVP, scored 18 points in the game while grabbing nine rebounds.
Doane received a career-high 26 points from Hannah Helman. Helman was 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc and 9-of-17 from the floor. Alissa Holland added a career-high 18 rebounds to go with 10 points. Doane out-rebounded the Cougars 51-36. The Tigers did commit 10 more turnovers as they finished with 25 for the game.
Helman & Holland were each named to the All-Tournament team. Helman averaged 16.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor. Holland averaged 12.3 points and 14.3 points.
Doane will host York College on January 2 at 6:00 PM. The Panthers will be Doane's final non-conference game of the regular season.