HU celebrates 23 breast cancer survivors.
Sue Rumple, Beacon Credit Union, and Coach Culler present Catherine Hill with a check for $2,076.78.
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It was a day of celebration for the Forester women’s basketball team as they picked up a 63-51 win over the visiting Trojans of Taylor University and even more importantly honored 23 breast cancer survivors at halftime of the fourth annual Huntington University Pink Out.
HU also had the opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone in Kelsey Green’s career as she became the 20th Forester to join the 1,000 point club. At the 7:19 mark of the first half Green scored on a put back to log her 1,000th career point. She finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds for her tenth double double of the year.
Joining her in double figures was Lauren Meese with 12 and Allison Greene with 11. Three other Foresters scored eight points each to round out a balanced Forester attack.
Defense was the name of the game for the Foresters in the first half as they limited the Trojans to just five field goals on 17.9% shooting to take a commanding 31-14 lead at halftime.
Lauren Meese jumpstarted HU by knocking down a pair of treys in the first seven minutes to give HU a 12-8 lead that proved permanent. HU went on to reel off the next 13 points behind five points from Greene to grow the lead to 25-8 with four minutes remaining in the half.
It looked like Taylor might take the momentum into the locker room as they outscored HU 6-2 over the next three minutes but Green maneuvered her way in the lane for a layup and Courtney Baker nailed two freebies with .9 seconds on the clock to shift the energy back to the Foresters who headed into intermission with a 17-point lead.
The Trojans stormed out of halftime to trim the lead to six at 31-25 within the first two minutes of the period but the Foresters weathered the storm by rattling off the next six points to extend the lead back to 37-25 with 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Trojans would cut it to single digits on several occasions over the next five minutes by a pair of free throws and driving layup by Greene gave HU the double digit lead for good.
The Foresters went on to pull away by as many as 17 but the Trojans didn’t go down without a fight as they finished on an 8-3 run but it was too little too late as HU picked up their ninth conference win of the year. With this win, the Foresters sweep the regular season series against Taylor. HU battled to a 59-47 win at Taylor back on January 14.
Huntington shot 41.2% for the game (21-for-51) while holding the Trojans to 33.9% (20-for-59). HU outscored Taylor 19-8 at the free throw line. Each team committed 14 turnovers and grabbed 38 rebounds.
Erika Redweik and Kelsey Bryant tossed in 12 point apiece to pace the visitors. Erin Guarneri added ten points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Foresters (17-9, 9-7) travel to Goshen on Wednesday to square-off against the Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m.
Huntington raised more than $2,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Special thanks to Beacon Credit Union and Walmart for their sponsorship of this year’s event.