February 2, 2013 - Even in defeat, the future is appearing brighter and brighter for the Hillsdale College women's basketball team.
For the third time in the past four games, a different member of the team's freshman class had a new career-high in scoring. Unfortunately for Hillsdale, it wasn't enough in a 76-70 loss at home to the University of Findlay Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers are now 7-11 overall and 4-11 in the GLIAC, and stay home Thursday to host Tiffin University.
Freshman guard Kelsey Cromer, despite playing with a cast on her left (non-shooting) hand, scored a career-high and team-leading 20 points in the loss. Cromer showed notable aggressiveness on the offensive end of the floor, actively looking for her offense. She shot 70 percent from the floor (7-for-10) and hit two 3-pointers.
Cromer more than doubled her previous career-high point total, which was nine. Her 25 minutes played were also a career-best.
The Oilers led for the last 27 minutes of the game, but Hillsdale continued to play with energy at both ends of the court despite Findlay's offensive prowess. The Oilers shot 30 free throws in the game, 13 more than the Chargers, and scored 44 second-half points.
Findlay led by as many as 14 late in the second half, but Hillsdale fought the Oilers to the end, closing the final scoring margin to just six.
Cromer was a consistent go-to scorer throughout the game for Hillsdale, but sophomore Kadie Lowery was the offensive catalyst in the second half. She scored all 18 of her points in the game's final 20 minutes, the highest scoring half of her collegiate career. She hit seven of nine shots from the floor in the second half after missing her only two attempts of the first half.
Sophomore center Megan Fogt registered her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Brooke Borowski scored 11 points in 16 minutes and swished three 3-point baskets.
Freshmen and sophomores combined for 170 of the 200 total minutes played by Hillsdale College in the game.