HUNTINGTON, Ind. - After over a month on the road, the Forester women’s basketball team returned home Tuesday night where they used a stifling defense to earn a hard-fought 60-44 win over Spring Arbor University.
The win snapped a two-game skid and pulled HU back to .500 in league play at 3-3, 11-6 overall.
After a relatively quiet first half, Allison Greene fueled the Foresters in the second half, netting 12 of her team-high 14 points and dishing out two assists in the final stanza. She was also a pest on the defensive end with a game-best four steals.
Sarah Miller-Jennings added 13 points and a team-high three assists while Amelia Recker tossed in 11 points. Lauren Meese controlled the boards for HU with six to go along with seven points and two steals.
While the Foresters didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, 36.4 percent (20-for-55), their defense got the job by limiting their visitors to 44 points on 36.5 percent shooting and forcing 26 miscues to the tune of 23 HU points.
Huntington took command of the opening ten minutes to jump out to a 20-8 lead behind six points from Recker down low but their offense disappeared for the rest of the half. The Foresters scored only five more points to allow Spring Arbor to cut the lead in half at 25-19 by intermission.
Neither team gained an advantage through the first eight minutes of the second period as it remained a six-point spread at 33-27, but Greene gave her team some breathing room. She ripped a ball away from Alex Glenn under HU’s bucket and got fouled on the easy lay-in for an old-fashioned three-point play and then drained one from deep on the very next possession to extend the lead to twelve at 39-27 by the 11:30 mark.
It was the spark Culler’s squad needed as the Cougars would get no closer than nine the rest of the way. Down by 13 with two minutes remaining, SAU tried a last ditch effort to gain momentum by putting Huntington at the free throw line but their plan backfired as the nation’s top free throw shooters went 6-for-8 in the final two minutes to stretch the lead to 16 by the final buzzer.
Jenna Jamieson came off the bench to top all scorers with 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting. She also pulled down a game-best nine rebounds, five of which were offensive. April Adams was the only other Cougar to reach double digits with 12 points.
The Foresters take the hardwood again on Thursday when they travel to Goshen for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.