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Tigers Survive in the Dog House

The Tigers took advantage of 24 Concordia turnovers to come away with an 81-75 overtime victory in Seward on Tuesday evening.  The win moved Doane to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in the GPAC while Concordia fell to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC.  The Bulldogs' three conference losses are to Doane (twice) and Northwestern.

Doane jumped out early to an 11-4 lead as Alissa Holland collected six points in the opening three minutes of play.  Ashley Howard added three points and two assists in the stretch.

After Concordia rallied to pull within one point at 13-12, Doane went on a 19-7 run over six minutes  to take a 32-19 lead with 7:00 remaining in the first half.  The two teams went back and forth over the final minutes of play and Doane took a 41-33 lead into halftime.

Doane scored the first four points out of halftime to post a lead of 45-33 but Concordia came fighting back as they went on a 10-0 run to pull within two points with 13:57 remaining in regulation.

Jackie Knievel converted a three-point play to put Doane ahead 48-43 but the Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run to take a 51-48 lead with 10:35 left in the second half.

Concordia was able to stretch the lead up to five points but Doane battled back to take a one point lead with 2:54 on the clock. 

The Bulldogs and Tigers traded leads as the two teams combined to score on six consecutive possessions and Concordia held a two point lead with 41 seconds remaining.

After a Doane timeout, the Tigers were unable to score and were forced to foul.  With 16 seconds remaining, Concordia's Danae Koopman was fouled but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 attempt.  Doane picked up the rebound and called a timeout with 11 seconds.  

With time running down, Ashley Howard found Ashley Sullwold at the top of the key and Sullwold hit a 19-foot jump shot to tie the game as the buzzer sounded and send it into overtime.

In the overtime period, Concordia struck first when Melissa Tinkham hit a three-point basket.  Concordia then hit a free throw to take a four point lead.  Doane came back with back-to-back layups by Lindsay Anderson and Desirae Albus to tie the game at 69-69.

The Tigers took the lead for good on a Jackie Knievel jumper to put Doane up 73-71.  Lindsay Anderson then picked up a steal and took it in for a layup and converted a free throw to put Doane up five.

Doane hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to cap off the victory.

Doane held a 27-14 advantage in points off turnovers, including a 9-0 edge in overtime.  The Bulldogs out-scored the Tigers bench 44-25.

The Tigers were led offensively by Lindsay Anderson's 20 points.  Knievel added 16 points with Howard posting 15.  Howard also had nine rebounds and six assists.  Concordia had three players with 14 points.

Doane will be in action again on Saturday when they host Northwestern College at 2:00 pm in Crete.