The Hastings College women's basketball team had built a 15-point first half lead, but Doane battled back and eventually took a 43-42 lead six minutes into the second half during their GPAC conference tournament game Wednesday at Lynn Farrell Arena.
While most in the stands may have been nervous, the people that mattered most — head coach Carrie Hofstetter and the players on the floor — never panicked.
After the No. 7-seeded Tigers (14-16, 7-14) took their lead, the No. 2-seeded Broncos (26-4, 16-4) quickly regained the momentum with a 7-0 run and controlled the rest of the game in their 72-55 win.
The Broncos — ranked No. 4 in the NAIA — will host a semifinals game against No. 3-seeded and NAIA No. 7 Morningside (26-5, 16-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Hastings College outscored Doane 30-12 after the Tigers came back to take the lead, which is a sign of the team's resiliency and maturity, Hofstetter said.