Poor shooting in the 1st half dooms HU
#15 Pilots hand Foresters 65-56 loss
MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Poor shooting in the first half doomed the Forester women’s basketball team as they suffered a 65-56 loss to the #15 Bethel College Pilots (21-6, 11-4) Wednesday night at the Wiekamp Center.
HU shoot a woeful 28.0 percent (7-for-25) in the first twenty minutes and struggled to keep the Pilots off the boards, logging 13 rebounds to Bethel’s 27. The slow start proved costly for the #RV Foresters as the Pilots enjoyed a 30-20 lead by intermission behind 12 points from Ashlee Ort.
After regrouping at halftime, Huntington outscored the Pilots by one in the final stanza but could never quite get over the hump. Amelia Recker’s put back at the 11:42 mark trimmed the lead to eight but back-to-back treys on the other end of the court gave Bethel their largest lead of the night at 47-33.
Culler’s squad showed a lot of fight as they manufactured a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes to close within three at 53-50 with just over three minutes remaining. Sarah Miller-Jennings led the charge with seven points while Pazia Speed and Allison Greene combined to score the other ten points.
Georgia Boisse, the Pilots’ go to player in the second half, was quick to respond by scoring four consecutive points to swell the lead back to seven at 57-50. It proved to be the final dagger as the Pilots were able to ride out the final two minutes for the win.
Greene paced HU with 16 points and a team-best three assists. Speed tossed in 12. Miller-Jennings added ten points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
After a quiet first half, Boisse exploded for 14 points in the final twenty minutes to finish with 16 points. She also ripped down 11 rebounds, five of which were offensive, for the double double. Ort also poured in 16 points for BC while Laura Johnson tallied 12 points.
With this loss, Huntington (15-11, 7-8) drops to sixth in the conference standings. They will look to get back on track on Saturday when they travel to Upland for a 1:00 p.m. matchup against Taylor.