The Forester women’s basketball
team (9-5) picked up their second win in as many days by defeating Berea College (1-16) 67-55 at the Purdue Calumet Holiday Classic on Wednesday afternoon.
It looked like playing back-to-back games was going to spell trouble for the Forester few as they spotted the Mountaineers five points in the opening 90 seconds of play but Sarah Miller scored five of HU’s first seven points to not only knot the score at 7-7 but land her a special place in the record books. A long trey with 15:36 on the clock put Miller over the 1,000 career point mark, a feat only 18 other Foresters have accomplished. Berea took a brief lead on the next possession but a Brita Kuiper jumper in the lane gave HU the lead for good at 10-9. While both teams looked a little weary, Claire Creasy provided a much-needed lift for Huntington by scoring three buckets in a two-minute second span to put HU up by seven, 29-22, at the 5:43 mark. By halftime the Foresters enjoyed a 39-30 advantage behind Miller’s 19 first half points.
Berea took advantage of the Foresters’ sluggish start to the second half by cutting the lead to five at 41-36 three minutes into the stanza but a Lauren Meese long ball behind the arc seemed to energize the Foresters as they built a 14-point lead over the next three minutes. While Huntington kept Berea at arm’s length throughout the rest of the game, they could never seem to shake the pesky Mountaineers. HU enjoyed a comfortable 62-46 lead with just over three minutes left in the contest but over the next two minutes that 16-point lead dwindled to eight behind Mackenzie Stoner’s seven points. Berea was forced to foul and Meese went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to secure the win.
Miller took top scoring honors with 21 points. Kuiper was the only other Forester in double digits with 16. Meese, who played all forty minutes at point, finished with no turnovers, eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and five assists. Creasy came off the bench to score nine points and grab three rebounds. Kelsey Green chipped in eight points and grabbed a game-high eight boards. Emily Hinkson and Shelby Romine paced Berea with 11 points each. Stoner added ten points.
The Foresters shot 41.8 percent (23-for-55) from the field and committed only ten turnovers to the Mountaineers' 19. Berea enjoyed a slight 37-34 rebounding advantage.
Miller was named tournament MVP and Green was selected to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament team.
HU resumes conference play on Tuesday, January 4 when they travel to Grace College for a 7:00 p.m. match-up.