The HU women’s basketball
team (8-5) got back in the win column with an 80-71 decision over Purdue Calumet (7-6) in first round action of the Purdue Calumet Holiday Classic on Tuesday evening.
After a week off for Christmas break, the Foresters struggled to get back into the swing of things as they found themselves down 11-6 after the first four minutes of play. Lauren Meese took it coast to coast to spark a 14-2 run that quickly turned the tide for HU as they grabbed a 20-13 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the half. Things continued to go Huntington’s way as Kelsey Green completed a traditional three-point play midway through the half to give the Foresters their first double digit lead of the game at 27-17. The Peregrines whittled the lead to three over the next seven minutes but two long treys by Sarah Miller and Green’s sixth basket of the half gave HU a 40-29 lead heading into intermission.
After a quiet first half, Calumet’s leading scorer, Tierra Turner, knocked down two quick jumpers to cut the lead to seven. But the Foresters caught fire scoring 11 points in less than two minutes on back-to-back threes by Meese, a rebound bucket by Brita Kuiper and a Miller trey that gave HU its largest lead of the game at 51-33 with 16:30 on the clock. A quick timeout by the Peregrines cooled off the Foresters and ignited Calumet. Turner and teammate Stephaine Beck combined for 24 points over the next eight minutes to trim the lead to three at 60-57 with just over eight minutes left in the game. Miller and soccer player turned basketball player Claire Creasy came up big for the Foresters as they each scored twice on HU’s next four possessions to hold off a fired up Calumet squad. Green then took her turn by scoring the Foresters' next four points to maintain a three-point lead, 72-69, at the 4:14 mark.
Calumet would cut it to one for the fifth time in three minutes on the next possession but the Foresters’ defense clamped down to hold the Peregrines scoreless over the final four minutes as HU cruised to the nine-point victory.
Miller led all scorers with 27 points. Green chipped in 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Meese finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Turner led the Peregrines with 26 points and six assists. Beck tossed in 18 points.
The Foresters shot 47.6 percent (30-for-63) on the night compared to Calumet’s 39.7 percent (25-for-63). Huntington knocked down seven treys on 41.2 percent shooting. They committed 11 turnovers on the night while dishing out 12 assists.