The NAIA Division II 6th-ranked Foresters came out looking tentative after suffering their first loss of the season on Wednesday, but they put together a solid second half to get back in the win column with a 74-63 victory over Grace College. The win is HU's first in conference play and moves them to 9-1 on the season.
Over the first 12 minutes of the game, the score was tight with the Foresters owning a small lead most of the way. Following a Kayla Skaggs jumper that brought the Lancers within 16-14 at the 8:06 mark, HU put together a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the period at 23-14. From there, the Foresters' got very tentative at the offensive end. HU went seven minutes without a field goal until Kelsey Green finally ended the drought with a layup at the 1:09 mark. The dry spell allowed Grace to take a 30-29 edge at the break.
The Foresters emerged from the locker room and immediately got back to their aggressive style of play. They out-scored the Lancers 16-7 over the first five and a half minutes of play to take a 45-37 lead and then shortly after the midpoint of the period, orchestrated another 10-1 run to push their advantage to 13 at 58-45. Grace cut the deficit to seven with 2:17 to play, but six unanswered Forester points put the game out of reach.
Courtney Beerbower topped four HU players in double figures with a season-high 20 points. Lauren Davenport and Sarah Miller both added 14 and Jenna Donaldson finished with 12. Green took game-high honors with 11 rebounds off the bench for the Foresters. Kiera Gray led Grace with 20 points on 9-14 shooting.
After shooting just 33% in the first half, HU lit it up in the second shooting 63% and finished at 51% (23-45) for the game. The Lancers went 23-54 for 43%.