Down two at the break, the Huntington University Foresters (10-5, 2-3) out-scored Spring Arbor University (5-13, 2-4) 35-15 in the second stanza to run away with the 62-44 win.
Huntington got off to a sluggish start and trailed the Cougars most of the first half. The Foresters were down three at 16-13 with 11:10 to go in the half when Huntington’s leading scorer, Amy Berry, picked up her second foul. Berry went to the bench, but freshman Erica Yost picked up the slack. Yost scored the Foresters’ next eight points on two treys and a jumper in transition to help keep Spring Arbor close. The two teams traded baskets over the final five minutes of the half to give the Cougars a 29-27 edge as they headed to the locker room.
Huntington started the second half with a lot more defensive intensity which then led to better offense. Berry scored on the Foresters’ first possession to knot the score at 29-29 and then added a three-pointer that sparked a 15-2 run over a four minute span to give Huntington a 46-33 lead with 13:45 to go. Spring Arbor got it back to nine at 49-40 on two charity tosses from Jen Moor at the 8:47 mark, but an 11-2 Forester run capped by a Kendra Stahl layup put the game out of reach.
Berry topped all scorers in the game with 20 points on 8-12 shooting. Jenna Donaldson added 12 points and Courtney Beerbower led the team with seven rebounds and six assists. Moor led Spring Arbor with 13 points and Kara Buehrer added 10. Kristen Miller took game-high honors with 12 boards.
Huntington held the Cougars to six field goals in the second half on 25% shooting, while the Foresters were 15-34 for 44%. Spring Arbor won the battle of the boards 37-32.