The lights said the Cougars had just beaten Wisconsin-Milwaukee 46-7. The score didn't begin to tell their story.
"We won today," Coach Tom Waqa said. "But the girls' biggest opponent is tomorrow. That is adversity."
With a national championship in sight, the Cougars walked away. To advance meant they would have to play Sunday.
As in the Sabbath. As in keep it holy.
As in bye-bye championship.
"It's bittersweet," team captain Kirsten Siebach said. "But it was a decision we had to make."
The players are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perhaps you know them as Mormons. By any name, what they did is almost unheard of these days.