After building a six-point lead at the break, the Foresters let the game slip away with some untimely miscues and fell 71-59. For the first 20 minutes, the Foresters did a lot of things right. Defensively, they held Liz Howerth, the reigning MCC Player of the Year, to six points and the hot-shooting Wildcats to 39% from the field. They committed just five turnovers and hit 44% of their field goal attempts on their way to a 29-23 advantage at halftime.
HU came out strong to start the second period, scoring on four of the first five possessions to maintain the six-point advantage at 39-33 with 15:13 on the clock. A 3-pointer by IWU's Sarah McGill cut the Foresters' lead in half. The Foresters had two opportunities to answer, but missed two field goal attempts and then turned the ball over. McGill was then fouled as she scored on a driving layup and she sank the free throw to tie it at 39 apiece. The Wildcats then threw their full court press at HU and the Foresters coughed the ball up on three consecutive possessions. IWU capitalized on HU's miscues to take a 45-39 lead. The Foresters regrouped in a timeout and slowly whittled the Wildcats' lead down to three at 60-57 on a basket by Amy Berry with 4:32 to play. Howerth answered with a jumper on IWU's next possession and HU then committed back-to back turnovers, giving the Wildcats the edge they needed to put the game out of reach.
Berry was a bright spot for the Foresters, scoring a game-high 27 points on 8-13 shooting and 11-11 from the line. Jessica Ramey was the only other Forester to reach double figures with 12 points and four assists. Howerth finished the game with 20 to pace IWU. Stephanie Culp added 15 points on 5-5 shooting from behind the arc.