Warriors' Hot Shooting Downs Tigers
The Doane women's basketball team led by as many as 11 points on Wednesday evening but was unable to hold off Midland Lutheran College, falling to the Warriors, 80-70. The loss extended the Tiger's losing streak to seven games.
The Tigers fell behind to open the game and picked up their first lead on a jumper by Kristine Ortmeier to give them an 11-10 lead. The two teams went back and forth with Doane eventually building their largest lead behind a 14-4 run. Vanessa Munter scored eight points in the stretch for Doane.
Midland Lutheran chipped away at the Tiger lead, outscoring Doane 13-4 to close the half and Doane took a 39-36 lead into halftime.
In the second half, with Doane leading 43-39, MLC went on an 11-2 run to take a five point lead. The Warriors hit three consecutive three-point baskets in the stretch. The Tigers were also hurt by three turnovers in five possessions during the stretch. Doane eventually snapped the skid with a three-point basket by Brittany Lurz to make the score 50-48 in MLC's favor but the Warriors answered with an 8-0 run to go ahead by 10 points. In total, the Warriors out-scored Doane 19-5 in the seven minute stretch.
The Tigers finished with four players in double figures in scoring. Kristine Ortmeier posted 16 points and eight rebounds, seven on the offensive end. Vanessa Munter recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Dubas and Brittany Lurz added 11 points apiece. Lurz and Munter led the team with three steals apiece. Savannah Lohmeier notched a career-high seven assists for Doane.
Midland Lutheran finished with five players in double figures. Kelli Hermsmeyer, Kerry Butzke and Carly Horky each recorded 18 points in the game. Hermsmeyer led the Warriors with seven rebounds while Horky notched a team-best six assists.
Doane held an edge in rebounds, points off turnovers and second chance points but the Warriors hit 52-percent of their shot attempts and made six more free throws than the Tigers.