Foresters sprint past Olivet Nazarene
The Huntington University Foresters (4-1) were not only able to keep up with a fast-paced Olivet Nazarene University squad (3-3), but they set a school record for the most points scored in a game as they sprinted past the Tigers for the 106-92 win.
Olivet Nazarene, who uses a full court trapping defense and keeps the pressure on the entire 40 minutes, also pushes the pace by launching long–range shots in a hurry-up style offense. Their defensive gambles get all or nothing results. The Tigers either come up with the steal or they allow easy uncontested shots. The Foresters were able to pick their way through the traps time and again to create enough open looks to keep them ahead of ONU most of the game.
The Foresters committed turnovers on their first four possessions of the game, but settled down in time to keep the Tigers close. A steal by Huntington’s Jessah Brumbaugh and the resulting layup by Jenna Donaldson knotted the score at 15-15 five minutes into the game. Two charity tosses from Courtney Beerbower a minute later gave the Foresters a 17-15 lead, which they would never give up.
Huntington pushed the lead to eight, but an ONU layup and two treys cut HU’s lead back to two at the 10-minute mark. The Foresters continued to work the ball around avoiding the Tiger traps and were able to extend the lead back to double digits at 42-31 on two Amy Berry free throws with 5:15 left in the half. A 17-9 run to close out the half gave Huntington a 59-40 advantage at the break.
It was more of the same end-to-end action in the second half. ONU was able to make two runs to get as close as 12 at the 12:48 mark and within 11 points with less than a minute to go, but the Foresters answered both times to come up another big win.
Huntington’s Berry took game-high honors with her 28 points and nine rebounds in the game. Donaldson finished with 26 points and eight boards, while Brittney Bateman and Beerbower scored 11 and 10 points off the bench respectively. Courtney Hehn topped five Tigers in double figures with 18 points.
Huntington went 37-65 from the field for 57%, including 3-6 from behind the arc and was 29-38 from the line for 76%. ONU hit 31 of their 83 shot attempts in the game for 37%, which included a 14-44 performance from 3-point range. They also were 16-25 from the line for 64%. Huntington won the battle of the boards 54-36.