FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Huntington women’s basketball team (4-0) kept their perfect season intact with a 66-55 road win over Indiana Tech (0-4) Tuesday night.
After playing to a 24-24 tie through the first 20 minutes, Pazia Speed scored all of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lift HU past a scrappy Warrior squad.
It was a tale of two halves for the Foresters as they shot 32.1 percent (9-for-28) in the first period before knocking down 53.6 percent (15-for-28) of their attempts in the final stanza. Both teams finished with identical shooting percentages of 42.9 percent with HU scoring three more field goals and outscoring the Warriors by six at the free throw line for the win.
Huntington also enjoyed a 38-32 rebounding advantage and forced 25 turnovers while committing 17.
The Warriors’ defensive pressure seemed to stymie Huntington through much of the first half but Sarah Miller-Jennings provided the Foresters with some much needed relief. The 5-6 senior came off the bench to score nine points to keep the Foresters in it.
The tides slowed turned in the second half. Amelia Recker and Speed combined to score HU’s first 17 points of the second period to give their team a slim 42-41 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining.
Speed then teamed up with Amelia Echemann to give HU their first double digit lead of the contest at 63-53 by the 2:55 mark. Echemann scored three times in the paint while Speed drilled a trey, scored on a put back and made good on six freebies to allow the Foresters to distance themselves from Tech and ride out the win.
In addition to scoring 18 points, Speed also tallied five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Recker and Miller-Jennings each finished with 13 points. Taylor Foley added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds while Lauren Meese dished out a game-best six assists.
Rachael Kruse was the only Warrior to finish in double digits with 12.
The Foresters hit the road this weekend to play in the Berea College (Ky.) Pepsi Classic where they will face the host Mountaineers on Friday at 8:00 p.m.