Foresters can't get over hump

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2005-12-03
The Foresters (4-5, 1-2) gave the NAIA 24th-ranked Taylor University Trojans (6-5, 1-1) all they could handle, but the Foresters couldn’t get over the hump and fell 56-52. The Trojans jumped out to a 13-4 lead early, but Huntington responded with a 9-0 run to tie it at 13-13. Taylor answered with a layup from Allison Easterhaus and four Katie Madden free throws to gain back a 19-13 advantage. Again the Foresters rallied to knot it at 21 apiece with 3:44 left in the half. The two teams traded buckets down the stretch with Taylor holding a slim 28-27 lead at the break.

For the first ten minutes of the second half, the Trojans would score to take a two point lead and Huntington was able to return the favor to tie it, but could never take the lead. A Jenny Dawes 3-pointer at the ten-minute mark ended the seesaw affair and ignited a 7-0 run for the Trojans. The Foresters continued to hang around and had a chance to tie it with two free throws with 1:32 on the clock. Huntington’s Kendra Stahl hit the first but missed the second. Madden was fouled on Taylor’s next possession and hit the first of two charity tosses. Easterhaus rebounded the miss and was fouled, but left the door open for Huntington by missing the front end of the one-and-one. The Foresters had two shot attempts to tie the game but couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Huntington was forced to foul on the rebound and Paige Rudolph sank both free throws to seal the win for Taylor.

Taylor’s Madden led all scorers in the game with 23 points and was the only one to reach double-digits for the Trojans. Easterhaus added six points and 10 rebounds. Betsey Bean posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Huntington and Amy Berry finished with 13 points.

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