HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The #RV HU women’s basketball team exploded for 56 points in the second half to cruise past Bethel 96-55 in Crossroads League action Wednesday night at Platt Arena.
The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Foresters as they improve to 13-5 overall, 5-2 in league play. For the Pilots (7-12, 2-5), it marks their fourth consecutive loss to a conference foe.
With the miserable one-point loss to Goshen still fresh in their minds, the Foresters made sure to right their ship tonight. While HU had a solid first half, their final twenty minutes proved to be near-perfect as they missed only nine field goals to sizzle the nets for 65.4 percent and committed only three turnovers all while holding their visitors to 27 points.
Behind eight points from Amelia Recker, Huntington came screaming out of the gates at halftime to outscore Bethel 12-1 to turn their 40-28 lead into a 54-29 blowout by the 16:12 mark. Coach Culler’s squad showed no signs of slowing down as they climbed the lead to 33 at 78-45 six minutes later, this time behind nine points from Miranda Palmer.
Palmer went on to knock down a pair of treys in the final five minutes to put the exclamation point on the night as the Foresters cruised to the 41-point win, their largest margin of victory this season.
Pazia Speed made sure her team got off on the right foot by scoring 14 points in the opening stanza but she couldn’t have done it without Recker and Palmer. The trio accounted for all but five of HU’s first half points. They put together a three-minute highlight video at the end of the period by going a combined 5-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe to give their team a 12-point cushion heading into break.
It was a banner night for the Foresters as they shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the field and tallied a season-best 27 assists while only committing eight turnovers and swiping 14 steals. They also won the battle of the boards 37-35 and held Bethel to nearly 17 points under their season average.
Palmer came off the bench to top all scorers with 25 points, a new career-high for the rookie. Recker tossed in 21 points by going 8-for-10 from the field and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Speed added 18 points in addition to handing out five assists and snagging a game-high five steals.
Courtney Baker was also an important piece of the puzzle, tallying a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with a game-best seven assists and four steals.
Angelique Moore and Aimee Swihart scored 14 and ten points respectively for the Pilots.
HU hits the hardwood again on Saturday when they host Grace for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.