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Game Time...Northwestern College plays its second straight road game this weekend as they travel to Crete, Neb. for a conference match-up against Doane. Tip-off at the Fuhrer Fieldhouse is scheduled for 2pm. Northwestern is currently in fifth place in the GPAC with an 8-7 record, 14-9 overall. Doane is just a half game in back of the Red Raiders and stands in sixth place with an 8-8 conference record, 12-14 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Doane webcast at this link: Watch/Listen now! or listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 29-23 all-time against Doane, owning a 10-1 edge over the last 11 match-ups.
Last Time vs Doane...15th-ranked Northwestern College lost to Doane 73-60 in the GPAC opener for both teams played Nov. 11 in the Bultman Center.
Karen Ettleman led all scorers with 22 points, going 6-for-16 from the field. Morgan VanDerSloot netted 11, all in the first half, making 3-of-5 three-point attempts. Paige O'Neal was also in double figures with 10.
The Red Raiders got off to a fast start, opening up a 12-4 lead behind the three-point shooting of VanDerSloot and Ettleman. Doane, however, responded with a 14-2 run, to take the lead (18-14) with nine minutes to go in the first half. The teams traded baskets over the next four-plus minutes, until back-to-back lay-ups by Renee Maneman and Hutson gave Northwestern its final lead, 27-26 at the five minute mark. Doane closed the half on a 12-6 run for a 38-33 advantage at the break.
The Tigers scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to open up a double-digit lead behind the strong inside play of Dostal and Heather Broman. The lead extended to as much as 20 points with 6:30 left to play before Northwestern closed the gap to 13 by the end.
Northwestern shot 33% for the game and especially struggled in the second half, going 7-for-26 (27%) from the field.
Doane shot 38% for the game but held a huge 51-29 advantage on the boards, leading to a 34-18 edge of points in the paint. Dostal registered a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Broman added 16 points and eight boards.
Scouting Doane...The Tigers have dropped four straight games to fall back into sixth place in the current GPAC standings, a half game in back of Northwestern. Doane owns an 8-8 league record, 12-14 overall, losing to Mount Marty, Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings during its recent skid. Earlier this season, the Tigers were ranked as high 22nd after winning four straight from Nov. 19-28.
Last time out, Doane lost on the road to Hastings, 49-44. Both teams struggled from the field as Doane shot just 35% compared to 28% for the Broncos. Shelby Bittinger led Doane with nine points, followed by both Hannah Dostal and Shelbi Bittinger with eight points each.
Tracee Fairbanks has been in charge of the Tigers' women's basketball program since 1999, beginning her 16th year on the bench. She guided Doane to back-to-back national tournaments in 2005 and 2006 and returns four starters and 10 players off a 2013-14 team that tied Briar Cliff for seventh place with a 7-13 record, 14-16 overall. Doane was picked seventh in the GPAC preseason poll.
Doane ranks ninth in the league in scoring, averaging 70 points per game. They are shooting 41% from the floor and 31% from the three-point arc, making five per game. Defensively, the Tigers are giving up 68 points per game and is the top rebounding team in the GPAC, owning a +8 edge.
Senior Hannah Dostal leads a balanced offense, scoring a team-best 15 points per game. A four-year starter and three-time all-conference pick, Dostal leads the GPAC in field goal percentage (52%) and double-doubles (11) while leading the Tigers in rebounding (9.6) and assists (80). Heather Broman, an all-conference pick last year, scores 11.2 points per game while both Shelbi Bittinger and Hanah Barnard score 9.5 points per game. McKenna Dodd leads the team with 43 three-pointers and Barnard has made 37 this season.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders had its three-game win streak snapped last time out, losing to #22 Briar Cliff 73-63 Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa. They are currently in fifth place in the GPAC with an 8-7 record, a half game in front of sixth-place Doane with five conference games remaining. Northwestern is 14-9 overall.
Northwestern leads the GPAC in field goal percentage (45%) and averages 75 points per game. They are shooting 29% from beyond the arc, making 4.3 three-pointers per contest. Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 70 points per game and are fourth in the GPAC in rebounding at +4.
Karen Ettleman leads the GPAC in scoring, pouring in 21 points per game. The senior is also among the GPAC's leaders in field goal percentage (47%), rebounding (6) and steals (46). Paige O'Neal is 11th in the league in scoring, putting in 12.5 points per game. She ranks second in the GPAC with 114 assists. Arianne Gesell scores 8.8 points per game, shooting 67% from the field.
Up Next...The Red Raiders will host Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night, Feb. 11, at 6pm.
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