The NAIA Division II 6th-ranked Cougars of St. Francis (19-5, 8-2) used a 15-1 run over the final four minutes of play to run away with the 75-52 win over the Foresters (13-7, 5-5).
In the first half, HU battle the Cougars but could never take the lead. The Foresters knotted the score at 6-6 early and got within two at 20-18 with six minutes to go in the half, but couldn't get over the hump. Some missed opportunities at the offensive end and some costly turnovers allowed St. Francis to build a 32-22 lead at the break.
In the opening minute of the second half, the Cougars immediately increased the margin to 14, but the Foresters responded with a 13-6 run over the next five minutes to cut it to five at 40-35 with 14 minutes to play. St. Francis answered back with five consecutive points to push the lead back to double digits. HU again fought back from another 14-point deficit to single digits at 60-51 on two free throws from Amy Berry at the 4:19 mark, but the Foresters ran out of gas down the stretch. St. Francis put the game away with a 15-1 run over the final four minutes to earn the lopsided victory.
Berry was the lone Forester to reach double figures in scoring with her game-high 24 points. Chivonn Keppeler and Tara Dice both had 16 points to lead St. Francis. Jenny Richards added 14 points and Jessica Hathaway finished with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Cougars, who shot 78% (18-23) in the second half, finished the game at 58% shooting while HU went 18-49 for 37% for the game. St. Francis also had a huge rebounding advantage winning the battle of the boards 39-17.