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Doane Rallies to Top Prairie Wolves

Doane Rallies to Top Prairie Wolves

The Doane women's basketball team bounced back from a loss on Wednesday with a tough win at Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers were victorious, 63-56, and moved to 2-3 in GPAC play heading into the holiday break.

The game went back and forth throughout with eight lead changes. Nebraska Wesleyan took advantage of the offensive boards in the first half, holding a 7-1 lead in second chance points. Doane benefited in the second half with a 13-8 advantage.

Neither team led by more than two possessions in the first half with NWU having the biggest lead at five points. The Prairie Wolves led 29-26 at halftime.

The Tigers started the second half with a 7-0 to take a 33-29 lead. Nebraska Wesleyan came back and eventually tied the game at 37-all following a three-point basket from Katie Golden. The basket was the start of a 10-0 run that gave NWU a 44-37 lead, their largest of the game.

Doane did not back down and were sparked by a pair of three-point baskets from Ashley Daily. Daily's second trey pulled Doane within a point and Brittany Luettel followed with one of her own to give Doane the lead, 48-46. The Tigers would not trail the rest of the game.

It was the Tigers' bench play that proved to be the difference as they out-scored NWU's bench, 26-4. They combined for five of the six three-point baskets in the game and half of the team's 12 offensive boards.

Overall, the Tigers had only one player in double-figures in scoring, Kristine Ortmeier. Ortmeier posted 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Brittany Lurz posted nine points, a team-high eight rebounds and tied for game-high honors in assists with three. Madara Upeniece and Daily added eight points each.

Nebraska Wesleyan received a game-high 20 points from Shea Rasmussen and a double-double from Golden, 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Tigers held NWU to 27.3-percent from the floor in the second half while the Tigers hit on 44.4-percent of the second half shots.

Doane will travel to St. George, Utah, to participate in the Dixie State Tournament. The Tigers will face William Penn in the first game.