After leading by as many as 16 in the first half, the Foresters couldn't hold off a feisty Spring Arbor squad and were upset 63-62.
Midway through the first period, HU used a stingy defense to build a double-digit lead at 18-7. The Foresters increased their advantage to 28-12 at the 4:20 mark on a field goal from Courtney Beerbower, but the momentum began to switch down the stretch. The Cougars knocked down three treys in two minutes and whittled HU's lead to just 35-25 at the break.
For the first 12 minutes of the second half, the two teams traded baskets with the Foresters still up 54-44 with 7:46 to play. From there, HU went 1-7 from the field and committed three turnovers allowing Spring Arbor to take its first lead of the game at 57-56 on two charity tosses by Courtney Smith. Lauren Davenport knotted the score at 60 by hitting a pair at the line, but Spring Arbor's Kara Buehrer returned the favor on the Cougars' next possession.
HU missed a layup at the 1:14 mark that would have evened the score and then fouled Lindsey Norman on an inbounds play at the other end. Norman hit one of two to put the Cougars up 63-60. Jenna Donaldson went to the line on the Foresters' next possession after getting fouled while rebounding a Brittney Bateman miss. She sank both and cut it to 63-62 with 20 seconds to play. HU forced a turnover as Spring Arbor tried to get the ball up the court and had two chances to take the lead in the final eight seconds, but couldn't connect.
Davenport led all scorers in the contest with 17 points for the Foresters. Beerbower finished with 13 and Donaldson had 11. Jen Moor topped five Cougars in double figures with 16 points. Norman, Smith, Buehrer and Kristen Miller each added 10.