Sophomore guard Erica Yost scored 11 of the Foresters' final 15 points to lead HU to a come-from-behind 62-59 win over Spring Arbor University.
The Foresters struggled at the offensive end throughout the game and were down 53-42 with just under six minutes to play. Jenna Donaldson hit a jumper from the right baseline at the 5:37 mark which seemed to ignite HU's offense. The Foresters stole the ball from Lyndsey Norman on the Cougar's next possession and Lauren Davenport converted on a 3-point play to cut the deficit to 53-47. A back-to-back two and three from Yost and two free throws from Courtney Beerbower completed the Foresters' comeback giving them their first lead of the game at 54-53 with 3:12 to play.
The two teams traded baskets on each of their next three possessions with Yost again contributing a two and a three, but it was Davenport who gave HU the lead for good at 61-59 on a driving layup with 40 seconds to go. Spring Arbor had two chances to tie it before turning the ball over with 5.3 seconds left on the clock. The Cougars fouled Yost on the inbounds pass and she hit the second to put HU up 62-59. Norman's running 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim giving the Foresters the victory.
Yost took game-high honors with 19 points on 6-10 shooting, including 4-5 from behind the arc for the Foresters. Davenport added 14 points and seven assists. Kristen Miller paced Spring Arbor with 16 points. Jen Moor chipped in 13 points and Kara Buehrer had 10.
Although the Cougars hit six more field goals than HU and shot 45% to just 34% for the Foresters, HU went 6-10 from 3-point range and out-scored Spring Arbor 18-9 at the line.
With the win, the women improve to 10-7 on the season and 2-3 in the MCC.