The Foresters (4-1) over came an eight-point half-time deficit and escaped with a 62-59 win on the road over Judson University.
The Eagles played a very scrappy defense applying pressure full court which kept HU’s offense from finding much rhythm in the first half. The Foresters struggled from the field shooting just 37.9% and only made five trips to the free throw line. Down by as many as 12 at 32-20 with 2:21 to play in the half, HU was able to gain a little momentum by getting back within single digits at 33-25 by the break.
After re-grouping in the locker room, the Foresters emerged and immediately erased the deficit with some hot shooting. HU scored the first seven points of the half and took the lead at 36-35 on a Jenna Donaldson lay-up at the 15:35 mark. The score remained close the rest of the half with neither team able to build more than a five-point cushion.
With 2:23 to play, Donaldson put the Foresters up 61-59 with a driving lay-up along the left baseline. After trading turnovers, Judson had several opportunities to knot the score, but couldn’t convert. Kendra Stahl finally came up with the critical rebound and was fouled with 6.4 seconds left on the clock. She hit the first, but missed the second. HU had two fouls to give and used them as the Eagles tried to bring the ball up the floor. With 2.4 ticks left, Judson inbounded the ball to Kristin Johns. She took a couple dribbles and launched a prayer that bounced off the back of the rim to give the Foresters the hard-fought victory.
HU’s Courtney Beerbower took game-high honors with 20 points and eight rebounds. Brittney Bateman finished with seven points and nine assists for the Foresters. Marissa Marshall led Judson with 12 points and Devonaye Henderson added 10 off the bench. The Foresters out-rebounded Judson 32-29 and had 18 turnovers to 19 for the Eagles.