HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Saturday’s
contest marked the second go around in the league as the #26 Forester women’s
basketball team survived a 74-65 win over Marian University (12-10, 5-5) at
Platt Arena to sweep the season series against the Knights.
The last time these two teams collided, HU squeaked out a 62-55 victory at
Marian back on November 26th. With this win, Huntington improves to
15-6 overall, 7-3 in Crossroads action. The Foresters are currently third in
the league standings, two games behind 2nd place IWU and one game
ahead of 4th place Grace.
It was a high-intensity Crossroads matchup that fans have come to expect when
these two teams face-off as the advantage never stretched beyond seven points for
either team until the final four minutes when HU pulled away for the win.
The Knights got off to a fast start to take a 11-4 lead with less than four
minutes gone by but Courtney Baker’s bucket with 13:46 on the clock capped off
an 8-0 spurt to give HU a 12-11 lead that wouldn’t be relinquished the rest of
the half. Huntington extended the lead to six on several occasions before
settling for a 35-32 lead by intermission.
Amelia Recker led the first half charge with 17 points. She was 8-for-10 from
the field, accounting for over half of her team’s field goals. Huntington
finished the period 15-for-24 for 62.5 percent while limiting MU to 39.4
It was déjà vu to start the final stanza as Marian came barreling out of
halftime to score the first four points and reclaim the lead at 36-35. Taking
advantage of the Foresters’ sluggishness, they would force a pair of ties
before Baker again proved to be MU’s spoiler. Her bucket, this time at the
15:22 mark, gave her team a lead that would stick at 42-40.
While HU never surrendered the lead, the Knights stayed within two possessions
over the next nine minutes until a 3-pointer and driving layup by Miranda
Palmer within a 90-second span not only gave Huntington a seven-point advantage
of 57-50 with just over six minutes remaining, but also gave her team the
momentum to close out the game on a high note.
She tagged teamed with Pazia Speed and Recker in the final four minutes to account
for the Foresters’ last 15 points, outscoring the Knights by 11 to make for the
For the second consecutive game, Recker topped all scorers with 25 points.
Speed added 18 points, 15 of which came in the final twenty minutes, to go
along with six assists and four steals. Palmer ended up with 12 points, including
ten in the final seven minutes, and also handed out six assists.
Baker was one rebound and three points away from a triple double. She took
game-high honors in assists and rebounds with ten and nine respectively while
scoring seven points.
Marian landed four Knights in double digits with Sarah Brewer coming off the
bench to finish with a team-high 13 points. Lakan Hasser-Smith tossed in 12
while Jenna Sullivan and Kaylee Walters recorded 11 and ten points
HU committed only five turnovers in the final twenty minutes to finish with 13 miscues
to MU’s 16 but struggled from the line by connecting on only 11 of their 16
attempts for 68.8 percent, ten percent lower than their season average of 79.0
percent. The Knights, on the other hand, shot a sizzling 90.9 percent
(10-for-11) from the charity stripe and won the battle of the boards 35-29 but
were just three of 19 from three-point range.
The Foresters are on the road this coming week, playing at Spring Arbor on
Wednesday before road-tripping to Mount Vernon on Saturday.