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KWU Women Fall at Doane

KSAL Sports - November 3, 2013 2:31 pm

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CRETE, Neb. – The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team struggled in the second half of a 92-76 loss to the host Doane Tigers on day two of the Doane Classic on Saturday morning at the Haddix Center.

After a strong first half from the Coyotes that saw them only trailing Doane by four at the break, Wesleyan shot just 26.9 percent in the second half, while the Tigers shot 55.2 percent to pull away for the win.

A triple by Alecia Smith tied things up at 6-all with 16:43 in the first half, but six straight points by Doane would give the Tigers a 12-6 lead with 15:53 left in the half. Back-to-back layups by Shelby Heim would give Wesleyan a brief 17-16 lead. The lead bounced back and forth until Wesleyan was able to build a 29-23 lead with 7:01 to go in the half.

Doane was able to tie things up at 29-all with 4:37 to go before the break but the Coyotes would maintain the lead until Hanah Barnard’s free throws with 2:22 left before the half gave Doane a 36-34 lead.

Smith’s layup with 33 seconds left before the half would send the Coyotes into the break trailing the Tigers 45-41.

A three-point play by Smith with 18:48 to go in the second half drew Wesleyan back within a pair at 47-45. Doane would outscore the Coyotes 25-5 over the next ten minutes to take a 72-50 lead with 8:33 to go.

A three by Heim with 3:29 left got the Coyotes back within 20 points at 89-70 and Wesleyan got as close as 14 points at 90-76 with 1:47 left on a score by Samantha McColgan before Doane scored the final points of the game for the 92-76 final score.

Smith led the Coyotes (0-2) with 21 points, while Christian Cassity and Heim added 15 each as Wesleyan was 22-of-60 from the field for 36.7 percent. Heim’s 15 points is a new career high for the sophomore. Heim led a balanced rebounding attack for the coyotes with six while two others had five.

Wesleyan is back in action on Monday when they head to Peru, Neb., to take on Peru State at 6 p.m. The Coyotes are at Hastings on Friday before next Monday’s home opener against Culver-Stockton.

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