MISHAWAKA, Ind. - It was a game in which nothing went right for the HU women’s basketball team as they suffered a miserable 61-34 thrashing to the 8th-ranked Pilots of Bethel College (15-5, 7-2) Wednesday night. With this loss, HU drops to 13-6, 5-4 in the MCC.
The Foresters entered the contest as one of the hottest teams in the league having won nine of their last ten games but Huntington’s performance on this particular night was anything but hot. They shot a bone-chilling 15.0% from the field to finish 9-for-60. They also committed a season high 23 turnovers.
After building a ten-point lead and holding HU to two points through the first eight minutes of play, the Pilots went on to take their largest lead of the half at 23-5 by the 8:41 mark. Just when it seemed they were on the way to blowing the game wide open, HU showed a glimmer of hope as they methodically whittled the lead down to six at 27-21 inside a minute remaining in the half.
It looked like HU would head into intermission with renewed energy but a momentum-squelching trey and buzzer-beating lay-up by the Pilots sent the down-trodden Foresters into the locker room in a 32-21 hole.
The second half went from bad to worse for HU as the Pilots continued to dominant on both ends of the floor with their arsenal of offensive weapons and relentless full court press. The Foresters scored a mere 13 points over the final twenty minutes and Bethel took full advantage of the Foresters’ shooting woes to pull away for the lopsided win.
Pazia Speed was the lone Forester to reach double digits with 12 points. Lauren Meese and Kelsey Green each grabbed ten boards to earn team-high rebounding honors. Laura Johnson, the MCC’s second leader scorer, poured in a game-high 21 points to pace the Pilots. Georgia Boisse tossed in 16 points and ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds for the double double.
The Foresters will look to regroup before heading into second round action of the MCC slated to begin Saturday when they host the University of Saint Francis at 1:00 p.m.