Strong second half catapults HU past Cougars

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU women’s basketball team remained perfect in league play with a 72-49 win over Spring Arbor University (5-3, 1-1) Wednesday evening at Platt Arena. It marks the Foresters 10th consecutive victory over the Cougars as they improve to 7-3 overall, 2-0 in league play.

Amelia Recker netted a game-high 23 points by going a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also corralled eight rebounds and finished with a pair of assists and steals. Pazia Speed tossed in 14 points and dished out a game-high six assists while Courtney Baker added 13 points to go along with four assists and three steals.

While both teams pride themselves on defense, on this particular night it was the Foresters who proved to be more consistent at getting stops. HU limited the Cougars to just 15 field goals on 22.4 percent shooting.

On the other end of the court, Coach Culler’s squad wasn’t daunted by SAU’s nationally recognized defense that is currently ranked 8th in NAIA Division II for points allowed (57.6 ppg). Huntington scored nearly twice as many field goals (28) as their visitors, sizzling the nets for 52.8 percent.

HU also won the rebounding battle, pulling down 44 boards to Spring Arbor’s 40.

The Foresters could do no wrong in the opening five minutes as they raced out to a 15-0 lead behind six points apiece from Recker and Speed. They maintained a 13-point cushion until the midway point of the half when Jessica Garrison drained a triple to ignite a 19-8 Cougar run that whittled the lead to two at 30-28 with just under two minutes to go in the period.

The Cougars would get no closer as HU scored the half’s final five points to take a 35-28 lead into break. It was a near Ground Hog Day experience for the Foresters as they rattled off the first 14 points of the second half to grow the lead to 19 at 49-30 by the 15:08 mark. Recker scored the first five points, Kelsey Hubble knocked down her second trey of the night and then Speed and Baker combined to score the next six points to put the game away.

HU extended the lead to as many as 28 before settling for the 23-point victory in a game where every Forester enjoyed at least seven minutes of PT.

Garrison topped SAU with 16 points. Lindsey Burnside finished with eight points and just as many rebounds. The Foresters limited the league’s second leading scorer, Carlie Newman, to just seven points, 13 points below her average.

The Foresters are back in the friendly confines of Platt Arena on Saturday when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 1:00 p.m.
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.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director