#21 Foresters clamp down defensively to blowout Bethel 69-38

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The No. 21 HU women’s basketball team logged their 20th victory Wednesday night and did so in convincing fashion with a lopsided 69-38 win over Bethel College at Gates Gymnasium. With this win, the Foresters complete the season sweep over the Pilots and improve to 12-3 in conference play, 20-6 overall.

Huntington is currently second in the league standings, one game ahead of IWU and three games behind top-seeded Saint Francis.

The Pilots shot just 21.4 percent (6-for-28) in the first half including an 0-for-7 stretch over a six-minute span that allowed Huntington to build a 15-4 lead by the 11:42 mark. The Foresters went on to extend the lead to as many as 18 before cruising to a comfortable 34-19 advantage by intermission.

Amelia Recker led the charge by scoring all 11 of her points in the first twenty minutes. She was 3-for-3 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line to make for a perfect half.

It was a sloppy opening period as neither team took particularly good care of the ball. HU committed eight turnovers to Bethel’s 11 but the Foresters doubled up the Pilots in field goals by going 12-for-29 for 41.4 percent.

The first seven minutes of the second half was a three-point shootout as Rachel Jennings and Kelsey Hubble, both of whom lead their team in threes, went head-to-head. Each sharp-shooter drained three triples to start the period out with a bang.

It was during this stretch that the Pilots whittled the lead to ten or less on three different occasions but thankfully Hubble and crew fired right back each time to snuff out the hosts’ momentum. After the Pilots' final push to close to within nine at 43-34, the Foresters went on an 11-0 run to put the final kibosh on any hopes of an epic comeback.

Up 54-34 with nine minutes remaining, HU took full command after that as their defense tightened, holding their hosts to just four points the rest of the way, which allowed their offense blow the game wide open for the 31-point blowout.

Miranda Palmer shot her way to a game-high 21 points, knocking down five from 3-point land, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Courtney Baker was one rebound away from a double double. She finished with 12 points, nine boards and six assists. Jaclene Bonnema ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds, four of which were offensive.

Jennings finished with 12 as the Pilots’ only double digit scorer.

On the night, Huntington finished 22-for-56 from the field for 39.3 percent with their bread and butter coming behind the arc where they went 10-for-18 for 55.6 percent. Coach Culler’ squad converted 15 of their 17 free tosses for 88.2 percent.

Thirty-eight points is the Pilots lowest offensive output of the season as HU held them to just 13 fields on 21.0 percent shooting.

Huntington hits the road again on Saturday to face Grace College at 1:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director