The Foresters took a break from the MCC schedule to take on the Urbana University Blue Knights and dropped another close one 67-66. HU took an early five-point lead on a Jessica Ramey trey, but the Blue Knights kept within striking distance by pounding the ball inside against the smaller Forester lineup. HU took its largest lead of the game at 26-17 on another three from Kendra Stahl with 5:30 left in the half, but foul trouble took the Foresters out of their offensive rhythm late in the period. Urbana out-scored HU 14-3 over the final five minutes of the half to take a 31-29 lead at the break.
The second half was marked by six lead changes and five ties as neither team could put together a substantial run. A jumper by LaTish Hamilton put the Blue Knights up 58-53 with 7:15 remaining, but another 3-pointer from Ramey and two free throws from Betsey Bean tied it up at 58 a minute later. After trading baskets for several minutes, Urbana’s Brittany Runner converted on an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Blue Knights’ a 65-62 lead with 1:40 left. Amy Berry then scored a layup on consecutive possessions for HU to reclaim the lead for the Foresters at 66-65 with 48 seconds to play. At the other end, the Knights got the ball inside to Runner, who missed a layup, and Bean came up with the big rebound with :32 on the clock. The Foresters ran several seconds off the clock before Urbana was whistled for a foul, but the Blue Knights needed one more foul to put HU in the bonus. Sam Riley fouled HU’s Jessica Ramey with nine seconds left. Ramey missed the front end of the one-and-one and Mary Jo Weisenbarger grabbed the rebound. She hit Riley on the run who dribbled the length of the floor and hit a layup over Bean with three seconds left. Ramey’s long 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Urbana’s Runner took game-high honors with 19 points and nine boards in the game. Riley finished with 17 points. Four Foresters reached double figures with Berry leading the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. Janna Knisely had 13 points and Bean and Ramey each added 10. The loss drops the women to 10-9 on the season.