A strong second half catapulted the Huntington University Foresters (14-6, 5-3) past the #15 Pilots of Bethel College (15-7, 4-4) as HU wins 68-58 on the road.
It was another slow start for the Foresters as the Pilots grabbed a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes of play. Jenna Donaldson and Sarah Miller combined to score HU's next ten points to pull within four, 16-12, at the 10:56 mark but Bethel countered with a 9-2 run to push their lead to 25-14 with seven and a half minutes left in the half. Brita Kuiper came off the bench to score two back-to-back buckets to spark the Foresters in the last few minutes of the half as HU headed into intermission down 30-25.
After both teams traded turnovers and several missed shots to open the second half, Donaldson knocked down a jumper at the 17:46 mark to put the Foresters on the board first. Things would remain close over the next eight minutes but an old-fashioned three-point play by Courtney Beerbower gave the Foresters their first lead of the contest, 45-43, with just over nine minutes to go. HU went on to outscore the Pilots 12-5 over the next three minutes to push their lead to ten, 58-48. But Bethel wasn't ready to throw in the towel as Bekah Basinger completed a three-point play and then Heather Seyfred connected on her fifth three-pointer of the night to bring the Pilots within four, 58-54, at the 5:15 mark.
Lauren Meese then quieted the Bethel crowd by knocking down her third three of the game to give the Foresters some breathing room and shift the momentum back to HU. It was all Foresters after that as they cruised to the ten-point victory.
Meese finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead the Foresters. Also scoring in double digits for HU was Donaldson with 15, Miller with 14 and Beerbower with 11. Donaldson added a game-high ten rebounds to finish with a double-double. The Pilots were led by Seyfred's 17 points. Mandy Yoder and Georgia Boisse chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively.
For the game Huntington out-rebounded the Pilots 35-18. They also enjoyed the edge from the charity stripe, going 14-for-20 while limiting the Pilots to just five attempts. After shooting 44% from the field in the first half, the Foresters sizzled the nets in the second half with 64% shooting (14-for-22).