HU gets big overtime win

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2006-01-28
The Foresters traveled to Taylor University needing a big win on the road to try to maintain a spot in the top half of the MCC standings. Overcoming early foul trouble and 26 turnovers, the Foresters found a way to get the 74-72 win in overtime.

The game was close throughout the early stages of the first half and the Trojans held a 21-19 lead with 8:26 left in the half. A few possessions later, HU's Kendra Stahl picked up her second foul of the half and headed to the bench to join fellow starters, Betsey Bean and Jessica Ramey, both of whom had two fouls as well. Taylor took advantage of the less experienced lineup and built an 11-point lead at 34-23 with two minutes to go in the half. Ramey, playing with two fouls, then knocked down two treys in the final minute of play to cut the Trojan lead to 36-31 at intermission.

In the second half, HU picked up the defensive intensity and knotted the score at 46-46 on a deep three by Bean with 12 minutes to play. The Foresters continued the momentum and pushed ahead by five at 53-48, but Taylor responded with a 10-2 run to take a 58-55 lead with 6:55 on the clock. On HU's next possession, Ramey knocked down her third three of the game to tie it, but Jen Ferguson answered with one of her own at the 4:16 mark. The Forester defense then went to work holding the Trojans to just one free throw over the final four minutes of regulation. Two charity tosses from Amy Berry pulled HU within one at 61-60 with 3:55 to go. Katie Madden made it 62-60 when she hit one of two free throws a minute later. After three alternating turnovers, the Foresters had the ball knocked out of bounds with 23 seconds left. HU got the ball into Ramey, who drove the lane and scored on a pull-up jumper to tie it at 62-62 with 20 seconds left. Again HU's defense held and an Amber Bond shot hit off the glass and the buzzer sounded before either team could track down the rebound.

In the overtime period, HU's Stahl knocked down a three to open the scoring and Berry connected on two free throws to give the Foresters a 67-62 lead. Madden cut it to three with two charity tosses, but a basket by Bean and a conventional 3-point play by Ramey gave HU a commanding eight-point advantage with 1:37 to play. A three by Ferguson and Allison Easterhaus kept Taylor in the hunt. With 19 seconds left, Ramey hit one of two free throws to put HU up 74-70, but the Foresters fouled Stacie Myers on the drive with 14 seconds to go. She hit both shots at the line allowing the Trojans to set their press. The Foresters inbounded the ball, but then proceeded to turn it over. Ferguson got the steal and took a long 3-point attempt that airballed and Ramey grabbed the rebound as time expired.

The Foresters were paced by Ramey's 19 points and six assists. Bean finished with 17, Berry had 15 and Stahl added 13. Ferguson took game-high honors with 22 and Madden added 17. The win moves the Foresters to 12-10 on the season and a share of third place in the conference standings with their 7-4 MCC record.

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