HU finishes strong to run away with a 59-43 win over Taylor
Foresters extend win streak to eight
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The #RV Forester women’s basketball team held the Trojans of Taylor University to five points in the final ten minutes to pull away for the 59-43 conference win Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.
With this win, HU (12-3) extends its win streak to eight and remains perfect in league play at 4-0 while Taylor drops to 5-11 overall, 0-4 in Crossroads action.
Defense has always been the bread and butter of Coach Culler’s program and today’s conference showdown was no different. After holding the Trojans to just 21 points in the first twenty minutes, HU held TU to only eight field goals on 32.0 percent shooting in the final stanza to limit the visitors to a season-low 43 total points, nearly 30 points below their average.
Only one Trojan scored in double digits, another testament to Huntington’s impressive defense, in Becca Daniels who finished with 13 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds.
It was a shaky start for the Foresters as they trailed through most of the first 11 minutes but once the hosts settled down, they maintained a lead for all but four possessions to keep Taylor winless in league play.
HU’s first advantage came at the 9:08 mark on an Amelia Echemann bucket before the Foresters took a four point lead of 25-21 into intermission, the largest point spread of the contest up to that point.
The second half was a different story as Pazia Speed, saddled by foul trouble in the first period, made sure her team got off to a good start by scoring four of her team’s first eight points to swell the lead to double digits at 33-23 with just over three minutes gone by.
The Trojans spent the next seven minutes chipping away at the lead to outscore HU 14-7 to trim the lead to three, 40-37, before things went sour for first year head coach Kelly Packard’s squad.
Huntington took full advantage and it was Miranda Palmer’s step-back three that started the debacle. Fellow Buckeye Amelia Recker went on to score six of her game-high 15 points in the final seven minutes to pace her team to the decisive victory. She also ripped down a team-high five rebounds.
Speed tossed in 12 points but scoring wasn’t all the senior southpaw had to offer. She also took two charges, swiped a game-high four steals, dished out four assists and had just as many rebounds. Courtney Baker put up similar numbers, finishing with 12 points, four assists and four rebounds.
HU finished 23-for-56 from the field for 41.1 percent and lived up to their No. 2 national ranking at the free throw line where they went 12-for-14 for 85.7 percent. They committed only nine turnovers while forcing 24 Trojan miscues. Taylor’s only significant statistical advantage came on the glass where they outrebounded HU 39-30.
HU hits the road on Wednesday to take on #3 Indiana Wesleyan at 7:00 p.m.