A very young Forester squad hit the road for the first time this season and came away with a 70-69 win in overtime over NAIA 14th-ranked Aquinas College.
HU freshman, Erica Yost, hit a 10-footer on the left baseline to give the Foresters a 70-66 lead with 30 seconds to play in the extra period. At the other end, Aquinas' Jackie Braspenninx scored in the paint and was fouled with 23 seconds left. She hit the free throw to bring the Saints within one at 70-69. HU's Lauren Davenport was fouled on the inbounds' play, but missed both free throws giving the ball back to Aquinas with 21 seconds to go. The Saints worked the ball around and found Courtney Miles open on the right wing. Miles drove and was fouled with 3.5 ticks left on the clock. Miles returned the favor and missed both of her charity tosses. Kendra Stahl came up with the rebound and dribbled out the clock to finish off the Saints.
Aquinas' Braspenninx, who sent the game to an extra period with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, took game-high honors with 29 points. Alicia McCarthy added 10 points off the bench for the Saints. With HU's top scorer, Amy Berry saddled with foul trouble throughout the game, the Foresters had to find points from other places. The Forester freshmen stepped up and provided a lot of the scoring. Freshman Jenna Donaldson led HU with 18 points and seven rebounds. Classmates Yost, Courtney Beerbower, and Brittney Bateman contributed 12, 8 and 5 points respectively. Davenport was the third double figure for HU with 11 points.
Aquinas went 26-50 from the field for 52% while the Foresters were 29-59 for 49%. HU won the battle of the boards 34-29. Both teams struggled from the line with HU shooting 52% (11-21) and the Saints went 11-23 for 48%.