Foresters notch another MCC win

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2010-02-10
In a race to the top of the conference, the #18 Foresters (18-7, 9-4) are only two games out of first place with their 67-55 win over the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (9-18, 1-12).

It looked like the Foresters were going to pick up where they left off on Saturday when Lauren Meese opened the game with a long bomb just twenty seconds into the contest but the next nine minutes told a different story. HU only mustered ten points during that time and trailed 14-13 with 10:56 on the clock. Jenna Donaldson then decided to write a different story as she proceeded to score six of HU's next eight points to give the Foresters the 21-14 lead at the 7:52 mark. Huntington would go up by as many as 12 points but Cassie Grieves' jumper with just under four minutes left in the half ignited a 9-0 Maple Leaf run that cut the deficit to 31-28 with 1:06 left in the half. But a steal by Ryleigh Carr that resulted in a Donaldson bucket followed by a driving lay-up at the buzzer by Carr sent HU to the locker room with the 35-28 lead.

While HU never trailed in the second half, they couldn't put away a pesky Goshen team. Down by eleven early in the half, the Maple Leafs took advantage of several HU turnovers and missed shots to score ten consecutive points to close within one, 39-38. Brita Kuiper finally put an end to the Foresters' drought by draining a short jumper in the paint at the 12:29 mark. HU once again built themselves an eight-point cushion over the next six minutes but it was Grieves who kept things interesting as she initiated another 7-0 run to pull the Maple Leafs within one at 53-52 with just over five minutes to play.

The Foresters had finally had enough as they held the Maple Leafs to only three points while Donaldson and Sarah Miller combined to score all but one of HU's next 14 points to close out the game.

Donaldson led all scorers with 21 points. She also pulled down eight boards and swatted two shots. Miller chipped in 17 points and dished out five assists. Grieves led three Maple Leafs in double digits with 20. Erica Yost and Heather Hahn finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.

While Goshen shot 49% from the field compared to HU's 39%, the Foresters committed only 16 turnovers to Goshen's 31.

 
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