February 21, 2013 – The youthful Hillsdale College women's basketball team has been forced to grow much faster than anticipated this season. But one area the team has shown impressive growth is in its ability to win at home.
For the third straight Thursday, the Chargers found a way to win on their home court, defeating Malone University 52-47 at Jesse Philips Arena. The win gave Hillsdale its 10th win of the campaign, and improved the club to 8-13 in the GLIAC. The team plays at Walsh Saturday afternoon before wrapping up its home schedule with a non-league game against Cedarville next Wednesday.
Hillsdale improved to 7-5 at home, and have recently notched wins over two opponents it lost to on the road – Tiffin and now Malone. The Pioneers beat the Chargers 75-60 in Canton, Ohio back on Jan. 24.
However, in this meeting, the Chargers played a gritty defensive game, holding Malone to 28 fewer points compared to the first meeting between the teams.
With 6:55 to play in the game, the Pioneers led the Chargers 46-40. But Hillsdale rallied thanks to an impressive combination of outside shooting and rugged inside play by sophomore Megan Fogt.
Over the final 6:55 of the game, Hillsdale outscored Malone 12-1 while shooting 5-for-7 from the floor during that decisive stretch. Another key to the comeback was the defensive boards. Malone missed its last seven shots of the game, and the Chargers grabbed five defensive rebounds out of those seven missed shots. The good work on the boards helped to preserve the lead for the Chargers.
Fogt recorded her 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds. She went 8-for-13 from the floor and blocked three shots in 31 tough, rugged minutes on the court. The team smartly went to Fogt often on offense, seeing a height advantage she had on many of her Malone defenders.
Sophomore guard Brooke Borowski had another big shooting game, tying her career-high with 17 points, making six of her 11 shots from the floor. Normally a big 3-point threat, four of Borowski's six made field goals were of the two-point variety, showing her improved confidence and ability to drive the ball to the basket.
Sophomore Kadie Lowery chipped in 10 points and made two 3-point shots.
Hillsdale held Malone to just 1-for-14 shooting from the 3-point arc, helping to negate the Pioneers' 48-31 edge on the boards. Malone's 27 percent shooting in the game was the second-lowest mark by a Hillsdale opponent this season.