It was a long time coming. Over the last five years, the Foresters have gone 0-16 against the Cougars of St. Francis (4-4, 1-1), but the streak came to an end with the Foresters' (4-4, 1-1) 70-66 win over the NAIA 6th-ranked Cougars. HU had a slow start offensively, allowing the Cougars to take a 12-6 lead midway through the half, but the Foresters put together a 14-5 over the next five minutes to take a 20-17 lead with 5:02 to play in the half. It was a lead they would not relinquish. HU continued to add to its lead, pushing it to 31-19 with just under a minute until halftime. St. Francis got four back at the line to trim the Foresters’ lead to 31-23 at the break.
Huntington maintained its eight-point advantage through the early stages of the second half and pushed it back up to 12 at 56-44 on two charity tosses by Amy Berry with 6:57 left to play, but the Cougars would not go away. A 9-1 run got St. Francis back within four at 57-53. Berry again answered with two free throws to stop the run. The Cougars kept up the pressure and got within two at 66-64 on a Cassie Reeder layup with 15 seconds to play. St. Francis then fouled Betsey Bean on the inbounds pass and Bean knocked down both tries to give Huntington a 4-point cushion. Reeder then pushed the ball up and was fouled on her 3-point attempt. She hit two of the three free throws to bring it back to a two-point game again with :07 on the clock. Jessica Ramey was then fouled on HU’s next possession and she calmly sank both shots to seal the win. Reeder’s half court shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
HU’s Berry led all scorers in the game with 19 on 7-11 shooting and 5-6 from the line. Bean added 16 points and Janna Knisely finished with 12. Ramey had nine points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Megan Dossen paced the Cougars with 16 points. Chivonn Keppeler had 15 points and a game-high eight boards. Nikki Lewis finished with 12 and Reeder added 11 points and seven assists. The Foresters held the hot-shooting Cougars to just 36% shooting for the game and shot 50% from the floor themselves.