SALINA — Freshman Brittany Roberts scored a career-high 17 points to lead the McPherson College women's basketball team but Doane University outscored the Bulldogs, 43-30, in the second half en route to a 76-63 victory in the Rib Crib-Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Classic Saturday afternoon at Mabee Arena.
After an even start through the first half of the opening quarter, the Tigers (6-10) used a 7-0 run capped by back-to-back baskets by McKenna Dodd to take a 17-10 lead with 2:06 to play. McPherson (9-6) responded with five straight points on a Roberts layup and a Kristina Battle 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just two headed to the second quarter.
The run continued in the second quarter as consecutive baskets by Roberts gave the Bulldogs a 19-17 lead before Dodd gave Doane the lead back with a 3-pointer. The Tigers extended their advantage to five on a Alea Shaner basket with 6:39 to play, but McPherson battled back with 10 of the final 15 points of the half - including the last four - to tie the score at 33 headed to the locker room at halftime.
After trading baskets to open the third quarter, Doane used a 13-5 run to build an eight-point lead as the clock ticked past the halfway point of the frame. Another Roberts layup snapped a run of seven straight Tiger points but the lead grew to double digits at 56-46 on another Dodd 3-pointer with 2:16 remaining. A pair of Cami Richardson free throws in the final 90 seconds of the quarter left McPherson with an eight-point deficit headed to the final 10 minutes.
McPherson was not able to cut into the Doane lead in the final frame as the Tigers hit 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
Both teams shot roughly 45 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from 3-point range, but Doane found itself with a commanding 37-25 advantage on the boards and were 25-of-36 at the free throw line compared to McPherson's 15-of-30 effort.
Roberts finished 8-of-12 from the field with four rebounds and a block off the bench to lead the Bulldogs. Sonerka White added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting with a 3-pointer with four steals. Danielle Holt and Maressah Milum had seven points each, while Brooklyn Coe chipped in with six points. After being kept out of the scoring column on Friday, Richardson finished with four points, four assists, two steals and a game-high eight rebounds. Emma Van Donselaar added five boards.
Dodd scored a game-high 28 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field with four 3-pointers and an 8-of-8 effort at the line. She also had four steals, three assists and three rebounds. Haylee Heits chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds, while Cortney Arkfield had 11 points and five boards.
The Bulldogs return to Salina Wednesday night to face Kansas Wesleyan University in a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference game. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Mabee Arena.