Foresters bounce back to beat #24 Marian

After struggling to put many points on the board the last several games, the Foresters (13-6, 4-3) found their offensive groove to earn an impressive 84-76 road win over the #24 Knights of Marian University (13-8, 5-3).

To the casual observer it looked like the Foresters might lie down and roll over to a feisty Marian team within the opening minutes of play. Five and a half minutes into the game, Huntington found themselves down by ten with not much to cheer about. The Foresters were in dire need of a big play and Sarah Miller provided just that by knocking down a long ball. Her three started a parade of scoring as Lauren Meese picked the pocket of the Marian point guard in the open court to score the easy lay-up. HU then capitalized on two more Knight turnovers to pull within one, 16-15, with just over eleven minutes left in the half. With the score tied at 25-25, a jumper by Miller sparked an 11-4 run to close out the half giving the Foresters the 36-29 advantage at halftime.

Courtney Beerbower, who was held scoreless in the first stanza, knocked down back-to-back buckets to start the half and keep things rolling for the Foresters. Jenna Donaldson then followed up with a penetrating lay-up to give Huntington their largest lead of the game, 42-31, at the 17:43 mark. A scrappy Marian team clawed their way back by pounding the ball inside and with just over twelve minutes to go, Rachel Turk's lay-up brought the Knights within two, 50-48. After a quick timeout to regroup, HU strung together seven points while holding Marian to just two, giving the Foresters a seven-point lead midway through the half.

Down by ten with five and a half minutes remaining, Marian outscored the Foresters 15-8, nine of those points coming from the charity stripe, over the next four minutes to pull within three at the 1:16 mark. The Foresters again rose to the challenge, this time by knocking down free throws to keep the Knights at bay. HU went 8-for-10 from the line down the stretch to seal the MCC road win.

Miller and Donaldson shared team-high scoring honors with 18 points each. Kelsey Green finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds to notch the double-double. Also scoring in double digits for the Foresters were Meese and Beerbower who chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. Rachel Kenney led all scorers with 20 points.


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