As the Foresters headed into postseason play, they were hoping that the third time would be the charm. After dropping both regular season games to Taylor University, #5-seeded HU headed to Upland to try to pull off the upset over the #4-seeded Trojans. The Foresters put up a good fight, but Taylor, ranked 22nd in the latest NAIA Division II poll, pulled away late for the 83-68 victory. With the loss, HU's season comes to a close at 16-11.
Both teams seemed tight at the offensive end to open the game, but Taylor was able to take the early 6-0 lead four minutes into the contest. The Foresters battled back within two at 8-6 on an Amy Berry lay-up at the 13:18 mark. The Trojans then took advantage of a few offensive rebounds and HU turnovers to extend the lead to 17-8 midway through the half. The teams traded baskets for a few possessions and then the Foresters put together some defensive stops to get back within three at 28-25 with 5:24 to go in the period. Again the teams traded baskets and an Erica Yost trey with 23 seconds left kept HU within three at the break at 35-32.
The Foresters needed a strong start to the second half to keep within striking distance of Taylor, but instead, HU turned the ball over on six of its first seven possessions. The Trojans again took advantage of the miscues and pushed the lead back to nine at 43-34 at the 16:50 mark. The Foresters continued to battle and were still within nine at 63-54 with 4:45 to play. Taylor then put the game out of reach with an 8-2 spurt to take a 15-point lead and then went 8-8 at the line to seal the win.
Taylor's Katie Madden topped all scorers in the game with 27. Jenny Dawes and Amber Bond joined Madden in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. Berry finished her stellar career with a team-high 21 points and seven boards. Jenna Donaldson added 17 points and Jessah Brumbaugh ended her career with 12 points, six boards and five assists.
The Trojans shot 63% in the second half to finish the game at 51% (30-59) and HU went 25-57 for 44%. Taylor out-rebounded the Foresters 35-27.