Basketball continues to struggle

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Freshman Will Grixby dribbles the ball in a game. The men's team is last in the GPAC with a 1-13 record.

The Doane men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to struggle this year with each having just one win in conference play with only six games left.

The men’s team finds itself in last place with a 1-13 conference record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Their sole win came mid-January when they defeated Briar Cliff at home. 

Since then, the team has lost four consecutive conference matches according to Doane Athletics

They lost to first-ranked Morningside, Jamestown and seventeenth-ranked Mount Marty. At home, they lost to Dordt who have been receiving votes. 

The rankings are determined by a head coach’s poll from across the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conferences. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote it receives, 29 points for second and so on down the list. 

One bright spot for the team was their dominant win against non-conference opponent Nebraska Christian College last week at home. The Tigers won 81-42.

On the women’s side, the team is also in last place with its 1-15 record. Their only win came two weeks ago at home to College of Saint Mary. Since then, they have lost to ninth-ranked Dordt and to Mount Marty. 

Of the team’s final six games, four of them will be against ranked opponents. 

For both teams, there have been bright spots for some players. Individually, five players are claiming top-15 spots for individual statistics in the conference according to Dakstats, the conference and NAIA official stats tracker.

The men have senior Isiah Sykes, junior Miguel Lopez and junior Anthony Laravie claiming four rankings. The women have senior Bailey Zarbnicky and junior Haylee Heits claiming three rankings.

Sykes is currently 2nd for steals per game with his 1.61 average.

Heits sits 3rd for total rebounds per game with an average of 7.25. She also claims 10th for blocks per game with an average of 0.95.

Lopez is currently 4th for total rebounds per game, with his average at 7.39 so far.

Laravie is a leader in two categories, he is 8th in the GPAC for scoring per game. He averages 16.05 points each game and sits 9th in the conference for steals per game, with 1.27 per match.

Zarbnicky is currently 14th for her average 2.53 assists per game.

Both teams will return home to play against Concordia on February 5. The women will play the third-ranked Bulldogs at 6 pm and the men will follow by playing the Bulldogs who are receiving votes at 8 p.m.