Foresters turn lights out on Spring Arbor

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2009-01-15
On an absurdly cold night, the oddities of the evening didn't stop with the weather. During the Foresters game against Spring Arbor University, the electricity went off during halftime forcing a delay to the start of the second half. With only about a third of the lights regenerating, the game eventually continued on in the dimly lit gymnasium, only to have a total loss of power with 57.6 seconds remaining in the contest. When the lights went out with HU leading 66-54 and at the line ready to shoot two free throws, the Cougars conceded the game.

The Foresters got off to a slow start offensively, appearing to be a little tentative after a poor shooting performance in their previous contest. Spring Arbor took advantage and jumped out to a 6-1 lead. A Jenna Donaldson jumper gave HU a needed boost and ignited a 9-0 run to put the Foresters in front 10-6 five minutes into the game.

The Cougars kept within a point or two over the next ten minutes until Lauren Davenport got a steal and a layup to put HU up seven with just under three minutes left in the half. Spring Arbor scored the next four points, but a driving layup at the buzzer by Davenport gave the Foresters a 29-23 advantage at the break.

Then came the first power outage. When play resumed under brown-out conditions, the Cougars stormed back and knotted the score at 35-35 at the 15:23 mark. Following a timeout, Sarah Miller scored to put HU back in front for good and opened a 12-2 run that put the Foresters up double digits at 47-37 midway through the half. The Cougars got back within six on three occasions over the next five minutes, but each time HU had an answer. Davenport put the Foresters up 12 with a free throw at the 1:14 mark and when Spring Arbor missed on its next possession, Courtney Beerbower was intentionally fouled with 57.6 seconds left on the clock. As she was settling in at the line, the power went out for the second time bringing the game to the unusual abrupt ending.

HU's Davenport topped all scorers in the contest with 18 points and six assists. Donaldson finished with 13, Beerbower had 12 and Miller added 10. Jen Moor paced the Cougars with 15 points. She was joined in double figures by Lyndsey Norman with 12 and Kara Buehrer with 11.

Despite the poor lighting in the second half, the Foresters blistered the nets hitting 13 of 18 shot attempts for 72.2% and finished the game at 51.1%. Spring Arbor went 16 for 39 for the game for 41%.

 
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