With small rosters for both teams, it was the 3-point shooting of the #13-ranked Yellow Jackets of Cedarville University (8-3) that pushed them past the Foresters (7-4) 75-64 on Saturday afternoon.
The women's Foresters basketball
team opened up play with an early 4-0 advantage but it would be their only lead of the game as the Yellow Jackets quickly responded with a 7-0 run to go up 7-4 with just over three minutes into the contest. Several minutes later Cedarville caught fire knocking down four treys in a three-minute span to push their lead to 21-14 midway through the period. The Foresters battled back behind back-to-back threes by Alicia Burrus and Sarah Miller to cut the lead to 23-22 with nine minutes left in the half. The Foresters stayed within striking distance for the remainder of the half and a Stefani Skiendziel lay-up with 33 seconds to go knotted the score at 36-36. But Kayla Jenerette answered in the waning seconds by knocking down Cedarville's seventh trey of the half to give them the 39-36 at half.
The Yellow Jackets came out of halftime with renewed life as they outscored HU 11-3 in the first four minutes to push their lead to ten at 50-40. Behind Kelsey Green's two put back buckets and jumper, the Foresters clawed their way to within four, 54-50, midway through the stanza. The Yellow Jackets then went to work behind the arc to cash in on three long bombs to take the largest lead of the game at 65-50 with just under eight minutes left on the clock. The Foresters cut it to single digits at 65-56 several minutes later but it would be as close as they would get as Cedarville cruised to the 75-64 win.
Green paced the Foresters with 23 points and 11 boards. Miller finished with 21 points and three steals and Lauren Meese finished with a team-high 12 rebounds and six assists. Caitlyn Brooks came up big for the Yellow Jackets with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for Cedarville was Kayla Jenerette with 13, Lydia Miller and Kara Cayton with 12 each and Rachel Hurley with 11.
The Foresters are off until next Saturday when they travel to Mount Vernon Nazarene for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.