FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Brooke Ridley scored 32 points and became the second University of Saint Francis player to scored 2,000 or more points in a career. Unfortunately, her stellar Lady Cougar career is over on the court after Crossroads League Tournament No. 5-seed Spring Arbor stunned fourth-seeded USF 62-54 on Tuesday night at Hutzell Athletic Center.
Ridley joined Brenda Schlegel on the USF 2,000-points list finishing with 2,017 points. Schlegel scored 2,602 points from 1996-97 through 1999-00. Ridley hit a baseline jumper with 2:10 to play in the second quarter putting her over 2,000 points with her 2,001st, her 16th point of the half.
SAU (17-14) shot .600 (15 for 25) in the second half to breeze past USF in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. USF led by eight at halftime and 40-38 entering the fourth quarter. SAU scored the first six points in the fourth quarter taking a 44-40 lead off a Quila Jackson turnover and Autumn Goggin layup at 8:39.
Ridley drew USF within 44-42 at 6:09, but SAU put the outcome out of doubt with an 11-0 run that opened up a 55-42 lead with 2:05 to play.
Or so it seemed.
USF clawed back with a 9-0 run hacking the SAU lead to 55-51 on a Jackson layup with 49 seconds to play. Goggin hit the second free throw after missing a first with 35 seconds left.
Jackson missed back-to-back driving layups unable to get a foul call and SAU stretched the lead hitting six free throws.
While SAU sizzled shooting in the second half, USF shot 10-for-28 from the field while missing four 3-pointers in each half, the first time this season the Lady Cougars didn’t make a 3-pointer.
SAU outscored USF 17-11 off turnovers using a full-court press most of the second half.