The Doane women's basketball team was scheduled to play in Chicago at the St. Xavier Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27-29, knowing they would face three opponents. They found themselves facing a fourth, Mother Nature! The snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow left four of the teams players along with one coach stranded and unable to make the trip. Doane was unable to leave until the morning of the tournament in part, thanks to St. Xavier's willingness to move Doane's first scheduled game to 9:00 PM. The game was originally scheduled for 3:00 PM and the changed helped the Tigers as they did not arrive into Chicago until after 5:00 PM.
December 27 - #14 St. Ambrose
The Tigers had a tough challenge in their first game after the long trip that covered more than eight hours. The Queen Bees of St. Ambrose, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA, took advantage of 29 Doane turnovers to pull out a 63-54 win over the Tigers. St. Ambrose outscored the Tigers 22-7 on points off turnovers and 11-0 in fast break points. Doane held a 20-8 advantage in second chance points as the Tigers had 18 offensive rebounds.
Doane out-rebounded the Queen Bees, 52-37, and were held to one less field goal as SAU hit 20-of-61 shot attempts while Doane hit 19-of-61. Both teams hit seven three-point baskets but the difference was at the free throw line where SAU shot 10 more free throws as the Tigers were called for 10 more fouls, including the first six of the game.
Vanessa Munter led the Tigers with a double-double, 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Helman and Lindsay Shaw added 11 points apiece. Helman and Shaw led the team with three assists each as well. Kristine Ortmeier had a team-high two steals.
Ali Dolphin led St. Ambrose with a near triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Megan Cash and Jenny Clark added 12 points apiece for the Queen Bees.
The closest Doane was able to get in the second half was three points at 55-52 with 3:24 remaining but despite two defensive stops, the Tigers committed back-to-back turnovers and the Bees outscored the Tigers 8-2 in the closing minutes.
December 28 - Siena Heights
Doane saw an 11 point second half lead evaporate as Siena Heights rallied to top the Tigers, 78-74, in the consolation round of the tournament. The Tigers were once again plagued by turnovers, committing 23 in the game. With Doane ahead 66-55 with 7:30 remaining, the Tigers committed six turnovers on 10 possessions, and the Saints used a 14-1 run to take a two-point lead with 2:38 left in the game.
Vanessa Munter paced the Tigers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Kristine Ortmeier added 14 points with Hannah Helman and Cheryl Braithwait chipping in with 10 points apiece. Chelsea Reed came off the bench to added seven points and eight rebounds. Brittany Lurz had a team-high eight assists to go with seven points.
Lauren Crockert finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Saints. Crockert had the final seven points for Siena Heights.
Doane had a shot to tie the game late, trailing by three, but the Doane bench was not granted a timeout once the ball was advanced to half court and the Tigers' shot attempt was off the mark.
December 29 - #18 Aquinas
In the seventh place game at the tournament, Doane found themselves facing off against No. 18 Aquinas College. Despite only nine players, Aquinas pounded the Tigers inside as they scored 40 points in the paint.
The Tigers trailed by 16 points at halftime, allowing 50 points in the first half. Doane outscored Aquinas in the second half but it was too late. The lead was cut to eight points with just over three minutes remaining but the Tigers committed two turnovers on their next three possessions while Aquinas on two of their three possessions to rebuild the lead.
Kristine Ortmeier finished with 23 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers. Hannah Helman posted 17 points and Vanessa Munter added 15 points. Cheryl Braithwait finished with a team-high four assists.
Aquinas received 29 points and 11 rebounds from Joslyn Narber. Jillian Bowman added 21 points and seven rebounds.
Vanessa Munter and Joslyn Narber were named to the All-Tournament team, representing the Tigers and Saints, respectively.