On opening night, the Huntington University Foresters (0-1) came back from a 12-point deficit late in the second half to knot the score at 79 with 38 seconds left, but a layup by Indiana Tech’s Kamisha Wilson as the shot clock expired with nine seconds to go in the game ended the Foresters’ rally attempt. Huntington called timeout with five sections left, but Jessah Brumbaugh’s running jumper at the buzzer was off the mark giving the Warriors the 81-79 victory.
The first half was a seesaw battle most of the way until the Warriors (3-0) knocked down three consecutive treys to give them a nine-point cushion with 1:12 left in the half. An Amy Berry jumper and two Brumbaugh free throws cut Indiana Tech’s lead to 44-39 at intermission.
For much of the second half, the Foresters trailed by eight or nine points. The Warriors extended their lead to 12 on a layup by Cherish Coley at the 6:38 mark. Huntington then held Indiana Tech scoreless over the next 6:29 to pull even at 79-79 setting up Wilson’s game-winner.
Indiana Tech’s Porsche Reaves topped all scorers in the game with 27 points. Kim Parker and Katie Ringham joined her in double figures with 14 and 13 respectively. For the Foresters, Berry hit for 21 points and grabbed five boards. Brumbaugh added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Jenna Donaldson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and Courtney Beerbower chipped in 10 points.
Both teams shot the ball well with the Foresters going 27-48 from the field for 56% while Indiana Tech was 35-70 for 50%. Huntington won the battle of the boards 34-28.