Saints edge Foresters in OT

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2009-11-10
As has been typical of this particular match-up in recent years, the outcome required extra time to be decided. This time it was #17-ranked Aquinas that prevailed 71-68 in overtime.

In a game of spurts, the Saints took advantage of some Forester missed shots and turnovers to take an early 13-6 lead at the 15:08 mark. The Foresters responded with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to knot the score 13-13. Not to be outdone, Aquinas relied on some sharp shooting to knock down four treys in as many minutes to take their largest lead of the game at 33-24 with 8:46 left in the half. The Foresters chipped away at their nine point deficit to head into halftime only down 37-36.

Aquinas maintained their lead through the first ten minutes of the second half but a put back by Kelsey Green at the 10:14 mark tied things up 51-51. Both teams traded baskets over the next several minutes but after an Aquinas timeout, Sarah Miller found Courtney Beerbower down low for the easy score to give HU their first lead of the half 57-55 with 4:46 left in the game.

HU was able to maintain the lead but some missed free throws allowed Aquinas to hang around. With 2:15 on the clock, the Saint's leading scorer, Joslyn Narber, shook her defender to drain a long three giving Aquinas the 62-61 lead. After trading turnovers and missed lay-ups, Jenna Donaldson was fouled on a rebound sending her to the charity stripe. She went 1-2 from the line to tie the score 62-62 at the 1:08 mark. Both teams had a chance to win it in regulation but neither team could convert sending the game into overtime.

A jumper by Donaldson gave HU the early two-point lead in overtime but Aquinas responded with a basket of their own forcing the seventh tie of the contest. After two missed free throw by Miller, Narber threw up an off-balanced three that hit nothing but the bottom of the net to give the Saints the 67-64 lead with 3:27 left in the game. Miller marched down the court and drained her own three to tie things up again. After an Aquinas miss, Ryleigh Carr converted one of two free throws to give the Foresters the 68-67 lead at the 2:44 mark. Unfortunately this proved to be HU's last score of the overtime as the Saints went on to score a lay-up and convert two free throws for the three point victory.

Beerbower topped four players in double figures for HU with 16 points. Lauren Meese and Brita Kuiper finished with 11 each and Miller added 10. Carr recorded a team-high 8 rebounds.

Narber led the Saints with 21 points and added 11 rebounds. Vicky Vandyke and Taelor Sanders chipped 13 and 11 points respectively.

The Foresters shot 44.4% (24-54) for the game while Aquinas was 24-56 for 42.9%. Free throw shooting proved to be the difference in the game with HU shooting 59.3% (16-27) compared to the Saints' 82.4% (14-17).

 
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