HU advances to championship game with 63-52 win over Wilberforce

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Huntington women’s basketball team got the job done defensively to pick up their second win of the season, a 63-52 decision over Wilberforce University Friday night at Platt Arena. With this win, HU moves to 2-2 and advances to the championship game of their own tournament where they will face Rochester College (Mich.) at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Things started off well for the Foresters as they built a 16-6 lead by the 11:29 mark but a four-minute scoring drought gave Wilberforce the chance to turn their double digit deficit into a two point advantage of 18-16 thanks to eight points from DayShaNay Corley.

It was nip and tuck the rest of the half as six lead changes and two ties later, the Bulldogs took a 26-25 lead into intermission.

A chance to regroup was just what Coach Culler and her team needed as they went from shooting 35.3 percent (12-for-34) in the opening period to knocking down nearly half their shots, 48.4 percent, in the second half to eventually pull away for the win. The Foresters finished 27-for-65 for the game for 41.5 percent.

On the other end of the court, Huntington was solid all night, limiting the Bulldogs to 26 points each half on 36.7 percent shooting (18-for-49) and forcing 25 turnovers.

After trailing through the first four minutes of the second half, Pazia Speed and Amelia Recker combined to score eight of the next ten points to turn things around for their team. HU went from being down by three to enjoying a 39-32 advantage by the 14:03 mark.

Within 30 seconds, the Bulldogs had trimmed the lead back to three thanks to a pair of free tosses by Chanel Davis and bucket by Dominique Fischer to keep things interesting. It took HU the next six minutes to build their lead back to a short-lived double digit lead of 51-41 but once again Wilberforce scrapped their way back into it by cutting the lead to five with just under five minutes remaining.

Speed finally put the kibosh on WU’s hopes of a heroic comeback with she knocked down her sixth field goal of the night to give HU a permanent double digit lead of 57-46. She then teamed up with Courtney Baker to close out the game by going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Recker topped HU with team-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds, her second consecutive double double of the season. Speed finished with 16 points. Baker had an overall solid performance in her first start of the year to tally ten points, four steals and three assists. Kelsey Hubble rounded out HU’s double digit scoring with ten points.

Fischer poured in a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs. Corley came off the bench to toss in another ten points and rip down just as many rebounds for the double double.

Wilberforce (0-7) will face Judson University (1-3) in Saturday’s consolation match at 1:00 p.m. Judson suffered an 84-76 triple overtime loss to Rochester in the opening game of the tourney.
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