GOSHEN, Ind. - After a ho-hum first half, the Forester women’s basketball team clamped down defensively to hold the Maple Leafs of Goshen College to nine second half points and run away with a 78-40 win at Gunden Gymnasium Wednesday evening.
With this win, HU (18-9, 10-7) keeps their hopes alive to finish in the top four of the conference standings. The Foresters are currently tied for third in the MCC with Grace College. In order to hang onto this spot, Huntington must beat Spring Arbor while Taylor would have to beat the Lancers in the last game of the season on Saturday.
Allison Greene led a balanced Forester attack with 21 points which included going 3-for-5 behind the arc and a game-best four steals. Liesl Davenport notched her first career double double with 12 points and a game-high ten rebounds, six of which were offensive. Kelsey Green tossed in 15 points and Courtney Baker came off the bench to add 11. Lauren Meese dished out a game-high six assists to go along with eight rebounds.
Despite shooting 51.7% from the field (15-for-29) in the opening twenty minutes, the Foresters couldn’t quite shake the pesky Maple Leafs who crashed the boards for nine offensive rebounds and knocked down five 3-pointers to stay within striking distance. Hungry for their first MCC win, Goshen jumped out to an early lead but it was short-lived as the Foresters took a permanent lead when Liesl Davenport dropped in her second bucket of the game to give HU a 9-7 lead at the 15:32 mark.
Huntington finally took their first double digit lead at 39-28 with just over a minute remaining the half and went on to escape into the locker room with a 41-31 advantage behind the play of Greene and Davenport who tallied 14 and nine points respectively.
The second stanza was all Huntington as they turned up the heat defensively to blow the game wide open. They held Goshen to three points through the first 13 minutes of play and gave up only six more the rest of the way to limit the Leafs to nine second half points and 12.5% shooting (3-for-24).
The Foresters were also clicking on all cylinders at the other end of the floor. They set the tone early by scoring the half’s first six points to grow the lead to 16 at 47-31. After connecting on more than half their shots in the opening twenty minutes, the Foresters showed even more offensive efficiency in the final twenty minutes. They shot 64.0% (16-for-25) for the half to finish the game at 57.4% (31-for-54). Even more impressive than the Foresters’ shooting was their teamwork as 18 of HU’s 31 field goals were assisted.
Samantha Hawk and Jaime Stack led the Maple Leafs with 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Foresters are home on Saturday against Spring Arbor University for their final regular season game. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.