No one associated with Saturday's women's basketball game between Hillsdale College and Walsh University will ever forget it.
The Chargers came back from the dead multiple times and pulled out a 106-105 win over the Cavaliers at the Alumni Arena in Canton, Ohio. The win is Hillsdale's third in a row and improves the team to 8-10 overall and 7-7 in the GLIAC.
This was the longest game in NCAA Division II women's basketball this season, easily exceeding other two-overtime games. It was also the highest-scoring game in NCAA Division II women's basketball this season. And on several occasions, it looked like a game that would never reach a fourth OT.
Junior guard Kadie Lowery hit the biggest shot of the game, a long 3-pointer with two seconds left in the third overtime to tie the game up at 98. Her shot came straight off an inbounds pass moments after Walsh's Kelsey Funderburgh put the Cavs up 98-95 on a 3-pointer with eight seconds left. Without calling a timeout after the gut-wrenching shot, the Chargers had the presence of mind to get the ball in and get it to Lowery, a terrific perimeter shooter, never mind her actually making the shot to tie it up once again.
In the fourth overtime, junior forward Megan Fogt went to work, doing everything to help a team depleted by injury and by three players fouling out. She tied the game at 101 after converting a three-point play, answering another Walsh 3 that opened the fourth overtime.
Sophomore Kelsey Cromer nailed a jumper to tie the game at 103 with 1:36 to go. Funderburgh made another shot to give Walsh the lead, but on the next possession, she fouled Fogt for her fifth foul of the game.
Fogt calmly hit both free throws, tying the game again at 105. The Chargers forced a turnover, and Fogt grabbed an offensive rebound off a Cromer miss and was fouled once again, this time with just one second to play.
Ironically, Fogt could have tied the school's single-game scoring record by making both free throws, but that would have given Walsh a chance to design one last play to try and win the game. Fogt hit the first free throw, but missed the second, forcing the Cavs to get the rebound under its own basket, allowing the final second to expire. Whether her miss was intentional or not, Fogt took the team home in a game that saw her set two school records.
Fogt's final stat line was otherworldly. She played a school-record 58 minutes, only sitting out two minutes in a four-overtime game. She scored a career-high 41 points, and had 24 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and 2 steals. She went 13-for-16 from the floor and 15-for-18 from the free throw line.
Fogt's 14 offensive rebounds broke her own school record, set back in November. She put together the first 40-20 game in school history, while the team's 64 total rebounds set a single-game school record that had stood since Dec. 6, 1999.
Another player having a career game was sophomore guard Madison Berry. She obliterated her previous career-high, scoring 32 points, making 13 of her 14 free throw attempts in the contest before fouling out. Her aggressiveness and pinpoint foul shooting helped keep the Chargers afloat when Walsh held Fogt to no points, one rebound and no field goal attempts over the first 16 minutes of the second half. With the Cavs' defense sagging in towards the paint, Berry took the ball to the basket hard and was rewarded properly.
In another statistical oddity, Fogt and Berry were the only Charger players to shoot free throws in the entire game., Combined, they went 28-for-32 from the charity stripe, which in a four OT game, cannot be underestimated. They also became the first pair of Charger women's basketball players to each score more than 30 points in the same game.
Fogt's 24 rebounds are the third-most in a game in NCAA Division II this season, giving her the second and third-highest single-game rebounding totals in the country this year. It was also her third 20-rebound game in her past four overall, and she now has 15 double-doubles on the season.
Senior Angela Bisaro added 12 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes, while sophomore Kelsey Cromer scored 10 for the Chargers.
Walsh took an incredible 98 shots from the floor in the game, but shot just 37 percent on the day. The Cavs outscored the Chargers 39-18 from the 3-point line, but Hillsdale shot 48 percent from the field and held a huge 64-46 edge on the boards in the game.