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Doane Tops Midland, Advances in GPAC

Doane Tops Midland, Advances in GPAC

The Tiger women's basketball team picked up a win on Tuesday evening at home and advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the GPAC Tournament. Doane topped Midland University, 73-71, in a game that went down to the final seconds.

Doane led for the majority of the first half, with their largest lead at six points. Both team's shooting percentages were in the mid-30s. Doane held an advantage behind the arc, hitting 4-of-9 while the Warriors hit just 1-of-9. The Tigers were 10-of-10 from the free throw line as well, taking a 34-28 lead into halftime. The half ended with back-to-back three-point baskets by Doane's Brittany Lurz and Ashley Daily.

The last time the two teams met in Crete, Doane took a seven-point lead into halftime only to see Midland come out and out-score the Tigers 34-19 in the second half. The Warriors quickly erased the Doane lead and built a seven-point advantage behind Megan Torkelson. Torkelson posted eight points during the first five minutes as Midland went on a 17-4 run to take a 45-38 lead.

Doane chipped away but Midland built their lead up to six, 52-46, with 10 minute remaining in the game. Again, the Tigers tried to cut into the lead but still trailed by four points with less than four minutes to go in the game.

Doane was sparked by Kristine Ortmeier over the final four minutes as she posted 10 of the Tigers' final 15 points. Ortmeier biggest basket of the game came with 2:52 remaining as she hit her first career three-point basket to pull Doane within a point, 66-65. With the Tigers trailing, 68-67, with 40 seconds remaining in the game, Ortmeier converted a three-point play to put Doane up by two.

Midland came down to their end of the court and drew a foul. Jami Thramer hit both free throws to tie the game at 70-all but the Tigers picked up a face-break jumper from Madara Upeniece to take a two-point lead. Again, the Warriors drew a late foul but were able to convert only one of two free throws and were forced to foul. Cheryl Braithwait hit a free throw to give Doane a 73-71 lead and Kristine Ortmeier stole the inbounds pass to seal the win.

Doane shot 53.8-percent in the second half and 45-percent for the game. The Warriors hit 46-percent of their second half attempts while shooting 39.7-percent for the game.

Ortmeier finished with a team-high 14 points and four assists. Upeniece added 13 points and tied for game-high honors in rebounds with Nicole Skolnick at seven boards. Cali Bellar posted a game-high three steals and added eight points, going 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

Midland was led by Torkelson's 21 points as she hit four three-point baskets. Thramer added 14 points and seven boards while Danielle Stephan posted 14 points and six boards.

Doane will face Morningside College on Thursday, February 24, in Sioux City at 7:00 PM.