South Bend, Ind. - Looking to get back on track, the HU women’s basketball team did just that Tuesday night with a 61-51 road win over the Titans of Indiana University South Bend.
It was a sluggish start for the Foresters as they went scoreless for the first five minutes of play but Lauren Meese finally took the lid off the basketball when she drained a three to pull within two of the Titans at 5-3. Three minutes later Meese cashed in her second trey of the night to spark a 10-2 run to give HU a 17-10 lead at the 11:24 mark.
The Titans responded by scoring the next seven points to knot things up at 17-17 but it proved to be the last time HU would give up the lead. The Foresters spent the final eight minutes of the half building an eight point cushion of 31-23 by halftime’s end.
The Foresters continued to pick apart the Titans’ zone in the second period as Meese and Pazia Speed each knocked down a trey and Kelsey Green wiggled free for two lay-ups to grow the lead to 16 at 43-27 with just over 13 minutes remaining.
The Titans cut the lead to eight on three occasions in the final five minutes but they would get no closer as Allison Greene scored six of her nine points to keep IUSB at arm’s length.
As a team, the Foresters shot 44.2% from the field and committed 14 turnovers to the Titans’ 16. HU held the slight 35-31 rebounding edge.
Speed paced the Foresters with a game-best 16 points. Meese finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Green tossed in another 12 and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Nichole Sly and Emily Strilich each netted ten points for the Titans. Lizzie Stapke ripped down a game-high nine boards.
The Foresters (5-4) are back in action on Saturday when they travel to the University of Rio Grande for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.