After a two-week layoff, the NAIA 6th-ranked Foresters looked out of sync and never really got on track as they were upset by Malone University 68-66 on a 15-foot buzzer beater by Amy Kittle.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 16-8 lead seven minutes into the contest. Over the next six minutes, HU out-scored Malone 10-1 to take its first lead of the game at 18-17 with 6:17 to play in the half. The two teams then traded baskets down the stretch and headed to the locker rooms with the score knotted at 25-25.
The Foresters scored the first four points to open the second half, but then committed four turnovers on their next five possessions allowing Malone to push back in front 33-29. HU evened things up again at 38 midway through the period.
The two teams traded baskets and the lead a few times over the next five minutes until the Pioneers built a six-point advantage on a trey from Ashley Speicher at 59-53 the 5:05 mark. Again HU battled back and finally tied the score at 66-66 on a three from Ryleigh Carr with 42 seconds to play.
The Foresters got a stop at the defensive end and with 27 seconds left, could play for the last shot. HU worked the clock down to eight seconds and Malone rebounded Carr's miss. Allyson Wilson pushed the ball up the court and found Kittle open on the right baseline. Kittle's jumper was nothing but net as the buzzer sounded.
Malone's Speicher took game-high honors with 24 points in the game and Wilson finished with 17. The Foresters put five players in double figures with Lauren Davenport topping the list with 14. Brita Kuiper contributed 13 off the bench. Courtney Beerbower added a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Carr finished with 11 in her first game back after early season surgery and Jenna Donaldson had 10.