UPLAND, Ind. - Since losing to the Foresters 70-65 on January 12, the Taylor University women’s basketball team has been one of the hottest teams in the Crossroads league, winning seven of their last eight outings. They continued their tear on Saturday at Odle Arena by dismantling Culler’s Huntington squad 67-41.
With this win, the Trojans (20-8, 9-7) move into a tie with Grace for fourth in the conference standing while HU (15-12, 7-9) drops to sixth.
Despite shooting only 24.1 percent in the first stanza, the Foresters did the little things well to stay within striking distance of the Trojans, 26-23, behind Sarah Miller-Jennings' eight points. In addition to outscoring Taylor 9-0 behind the arc, HU committed six turnovers to TU’s ten and limited the Trojans, who average just over 13 offensive rebounds per outing, to a single offensive board through the opening period to only trail by three at intermission.
It was a completely different story in the second half of the contest as Taylor’s stifling two-three zone knocked the Foresters for a loop, fueling the lopsided victory. After Sarah Miller-Jennings pulled her team within one at 26-25 with a put back to open the second stanza, the Trojans locked down defensively to limit their visitors to four points over the next ten minutes.
TU unleashed a 22-4 run, scoring 17 points off Huntington miscues, to take a commanding 48-29 lead by the midway point. They held HU to six field goals on 25.0 percent shooting and forced 13 turnovers in the final period on their way to the 26-point blowout.
In addition to struggling offensively, the Foresters were equally frustrated on the other end of the court as they had no answer for TU’s Becca Daniels. The 6-2 junior had a career day, posting 11 points in the final period to finish with a career best, game-high 19 points. Joining her in double digits for Taylor was Erika Redweik with 14 and Erin Guarneri with 12.
Miller-Jennings was the only Forester to reach double digits with 14 points. Lauren Meese added nine points and dished out four assists. Taylor Foley claimed top rebounding honors with nine.
Huntington shot 24.5 percent (13-for-53) for the game, including 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) from beyond the arc while the Trojans finished 26-for-47 (55.3 percent) from the field, including a sizzling 65.2 percent in the second half.
The Foresters wrap up regular season play this week with a home game on Wednesday against Goshen at 7:00 p.m. before heading north to face Spring Arbor on Saturday.