A chilly second half shooting performance allowed Marian College to rally from an 11-point second half deficit to down the Foresters 89-80. The Knights' comeback was also bolstered by shooting 69% in the second half which was in stark contrast to HU's 36% effort.
The Foresters opened up a 12-2 lead to start the game and led by as many as 16 at 30-14 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. Marian pulled within six with 42 seconds left, but a Kendra Stahl lay-up put HU up 40-32 at intermission.
Early in the second half, the Foresters pushed the lead back to 11 at 50-39, but then a lid was put on the basket. HU went without a field goal for five minutes allowing the Knights to tie things up at 55. Following a timeout, the Foresters changed defenses and were able to string together seven unanswered points to jump back in front at 62-55 midway through the half. Marian quickly swung the momentum back in its favor with back-to-back threes and made it an 8-0 run on a Jessica Carr lay-up to take a 63-62 lead a minute later.
The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes until a controversial traveling call denied what looked to be a potential three-point play for HU at the 4:45 mark. From there the Knights put a 12-4 run on the Foresters to increase their advantage to 84-72 with two minutes left. HU got back within seven twice down the stretch, but could get no closer.
Courtney Beerbower led the Foresters with her fifth double-double of the season. She finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Joining Beerbower in double figures was Lauren Davenport with 16, Brittney Bateman with 12 and Kendra Stahl with 10. Marian's Carr topped all scorers in the game with 22. Kristin Houck added 17, and Theresa Fairbrother and Anjellica Rospond chipped in 16 and 10 respectively off the bench.