HU slips past MVNU 55-51 at 5th annual Pink Out
Foresters raise over $2,000 for breast cancer research
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Amidst a sea of pink, the HU women’s basketball team picked up a 55-51 win over the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (7-18, 4-10) and even more importantly honored 17 breast cancer survivors at halftime of the fifth annual Huntington University Pink Out.
With this win, Huntington avenges a 63-61 loss to Mount Vernon back on January 5 and improves to 15-10 overall, 7-7 in league play. With four regular season games to go, HU is currently tied for fifth in the conference standings with Taylor.
It was a game in which both teams took great pride in their defense and nowhere was that more obvious than the turnover column where HU coughed up the ball 26 times to the Cougars’ 25 errors.
The Foresters shot just 37.8 percent (17-for-45) for the game while Mount Vernon converted 45.0 percent of their attempts by going 18-for-40.
HU won the battle of the boards, 33-20, with Amelia Recker and Taylor Foley each snagging six for the Foresters. Huntington continued to prove why they are leading the nation in free throw shooting by going 16-for-18 from the free throw line for 88.9 percent.
Speed topped all scorers with 17 points. Sarah Miller-Jennings is a big reason for HU’s success at the charity stripe and today was no different as she went a perfect 8-for-8 from the line on her way to scoring 13 points. The 5-7 guard is currently ranked 8th in NAIA Division II in free throw percentage. She has only missed 14 of her 114 free throw attempts for 87.7 percent.
Camaranne Myles came off the bench to post 12 points as the Cougars’ only double digit scorer. Ainsleigh Krause added eight points on 4-for-5 shooting in the losing effort.
After swapping the lead four times through the first 11 minutes of play, Melissa Eickholt cashed in on one of two free throws to deadlock the score at 18-18 by the 8:35 mark. The Cougars went on to piece together a 7-2 run to take a 25-20 lead before HU put up a counter of their own, going on an 8-2 spree to lead by one, 28-27, by halftime.
The hosts wouldn’t trail again as the final period got off to a fast start. Huntington used a 9-0 run sparked by back-to-back buckets by Foley to open a 37-27 advantage three minutes into the contest. HU continued to work on their lead, nailing a three-pointer at the 13:01 mark to extend their advantage to 14 points at 44-30.
Culler’s squad went 4-for-6 from the field during this seven-minutes stretch but their offense sputtered over the final 13 minutes as HU managed only three field goals the rest of the way.
Mount Vernon took full advantage to whittle the lead to two with just over 40 ticks remaining but HU got the job done at the line by knocking down all four of its freebies to preserve the win.
The Foresters travel to #14 Bethel College on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Huntington raised $2,013 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Special thanks to Beacon Credit Union and Walmart for their sponsorship of this year’s event.