The Goshen women’s basketball team opened their conference play against Spring Arbor University last Tuesday. Unfortunately the Leafs weren’t able to keep pace with a hot shooting Cougar squad that shot 50.8% from the field and fell by a final score of 79-48.

Goshen began the game well as they took an early 11-4 lead. After missing some early shots, Spring Arbor used a 7-0 run to tie the score at 11-11. Both teams tried to pull away from the other but there was little give on either side as they combined for six three-pointers in a four-minute span. With the game tied at 22 all Spring Arbor eventually found a way to slow the Maple Leaf offense as the used a 9-3 run to end the half and enter halftime with a 33-25 lead.

The second half saw the Cougars come out hot as they opened with a 10-4 run to go up 43-27. Spring Arbor created multiple chances for themselves and made the most of them. They shot 59.4% from the field in the second half while Goshen managed just 30% on 9 of 30 shooting. The Cougars were also able to force nine second-half turnovers while giving the ball up just four times.

Senior Lindsay Gangloff led the Leafs with 12 points and also added five rebounds. Juinor Kaylee Hilliker had eight points while Cassie Grieves and Sam Hawk added six points apiece and six and five rebounds respectively

The loss puts the Maple Leafs at 2-7 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. Goshen looks to pick up some home court advantage as they start a four game home streak on December 4th.