HC Falls in 2OT

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2004-11-16

 The Aquinas College Saints out-lasted the Foresters to pick up the 82-80 win in double over-time. The Saints happily returned the favor after losing to HC 94-86 in double over-time last season at the Merillat Complex. Too many turnovers and offensive rebounds led to the Foresters' demise. After building as much as an 11-point lead early in the first half, the Foresters began coughing up the ball which allowed the Saints to cut the lead to three at the half at 31-28. Aquinas picked up their intensity to begin the second half and took the lead over the first five minutes of play. The Saints built and maintained an eight-point lead throughout most of the half until HC applied a full-court press. The Foresters came up with back-to-back steals that resulted in a trey from Jamie Grogg and a field goal by Kendra Stahl to cut the Saints lead to 57-56 with 6:07 left in regulation. The two teams battled back and forth with Aquinas owning a 68-66 lead with :21 left to play. HC brought the ball up the floor and got a shot a couple offensive rebounds before Janna Knisely was fouled on her attempt with 3.6 second left. Knisely sank both tosses to force overtime. In the first extra period, the Foresters again had to play catch-up. Down two, HC was forced to foul to stop the clock. Aquinas' Whitney March missed the first, but got the second to fall to give the Saints a three-point lead with 14 second to go. Knisely tried to spring Grogg with a high pick and roll, but both defenders stayed with Grogg. Knisely took the dish from Grogg and calmly hit the trey to send the game to a second overtime. Three costly Forester turnovers late in the period gave Aquinas a few extra opportunities on their offensive end, and the Saints' Ashley Heuvelman shot a running floater that found the bottom of the net as time expired. HC's Grogg led all scores in the game with 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting, including 6-7 from behind the arc and 2-2 from the line. Four other Foresters finished in double figures with Amy Berry getting 14, Knisely, back from an earlier knee injury, finished with 13, Betsey Bean had 11 and Katie Stiffler added 10. Jackie Braspenninx led the Saints with 19 points. With the loss, the women fall to 3-3 on the season.

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