Huntington, Ind. - In the last regular MCC game of the season, the Forester women's basketball team (18-10, 10-6) denied 5th-ranked Saint Francis (23-7, 12-4) the top spot in the MCC tourney by recording the 75-57 blowout over the Cougars on Saturday afternoon.
Coming into the game, the Foresters were already locked in at the fourth spot in MCC standings but it was a different story for Saint Francis who needed the win to secure the No. 1 seed in the tourney.
It was obvious from opening tip-off the Foresters were ready to be the spoiler. Down 9-6 at the 15:23 mark, the Foresters found their energy in Sarah Miller and Lauren Meese. The duo combined to score HU's next 14 points to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead with just over eight minutes left in the half.
The Cougars would cut it to three at 24-21 five minutes later but HU didn't seem phased as they pushed the lead back to eight behind back-to-back buckets from Amy Kramer. Lauren Meese then put the exclamation point on the half by banking in a buzzer-beating three from the top of the key to give HU a 35-24 halftime lead.
The Cougars won the first five minutes of the second stanza by trimming the lead to eight at 44-36 but the Forester freshmen made sure HU owned the next five minutes. Pazia Speed, Taylor Foley and Kramer took turns scoring to stretch Huntington's lead back to 13 at 53-40.
The Cougars would have one more run in them as playmaker Julie Seiss turned into a one-woman wrecking crew by scoring 12 of the Cougars' next 14 points to cut the lead to seven by the 4:03 mark. Once again Huntington remained poised as they dominated the final four minutes, scoring all of their points from the charity stripe (13-for-14) to record the 18-point blowout.
Miller scored 15 of her 22 points from the free line to pace the Foresters. Meese finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four steals and Kramer came off the bench to score 13 points and snag seven boards. Seiss was the only Cougar in double digits with 22 points.
The Foresters dominated the boards 47-26. HU's bread and butter came by way of the free throw line. They connected on 83.3 percent (25-for-30) of their attempts compared to the Cougars' 66.7 percent (14-for-21).
The Foresters held the Cougars, who lead the MCC in scoring at 75 points per game, to a season-low 57 points. The last time HU beat Saint Francis was back in February of 2009 when they handed the Cougars a 60-46 loss.
Huntington will host Bethel College on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in first round action of the MCC tourney. Box Score