No. 26 HU tops Marian 74-65 to sweep season series

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2014-01-25
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 percent (13-for-33).

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 nine-point victory.

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 respectively.

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.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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Ashley C. Smith
Associate Director for Media Relations
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Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
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