WILMORE, Ky. - After nearly a two-week break since their last game, the 23rd-ranked HU women’s basketball team (8-3) looked like they hadn’t missed a beat as they crushed the Eagles of Asbury University (11-4) 92-68 Saturday afternoon at the Luce Center.
The Foresters drilled 11 of their 18 3-pointers for 62.5 percent to shoot better from behind the arc than within the arc. Classmates Sarah Miller-Jennings and Allison Greene went a combined 10-for-14 from long range to account for all but one of HU’s treys.
The Foresters made it look easy as they picked apart the Eagles’ defense to score a season-high 92 points, logging 22 assists on their 35 field goals and committing only ten turnovers. For the game, Huntington shot 59.4 percent (19-for-32) from the field and cashed in on all 11 of their free tosses.
Miller-Jennings finished with a season-tying 22 points. Greene tossed in 18 on 7-for-11 shooting. Amelia Recker came off the bench to score a career-best 18 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Pazia Speed added 13 points and dished out a career-high seven assists. Taylor Foley rounded out HU’s double digit scoring with 12 points.
Huntington was equally impressive on the defensive end. The Foresters held Asbury, who entered the contest ranked No. 5 in the nation in scoring per contest by averaging just under 88 ppg, to a season-low 68 points. The Eagles shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the field, which included going 7-for-17 from behind the arc, and committed 19 turnovers in the losing effort.
After holding two brief leads through the first eight minutes, Miller-Jennings dropped in a trey at the 11:58 mark to give the visitors a lead that would stick at 19-18. Four minutes later with the score 27-24, six different Foresters put points on the board to pull away for a 48-34 lead by halftime.
The second half closely mirrored the first twenty minutes as HU duplicated their defensive effort by holding Asbury to 34 points. On the other end of the court, Culler’s squad was only four points shy of matching their offensive output of the first half.
The Eagles had little chance in the second period as they were never able to cut the lead to single digits. Dorian Downs’ three trimmed the lead to 11 at 55-44 with just over 15 minutes remaining but a quick jumper from Recker at the top of the key spurred a 13-2 run to blow the game open at 68-46 by the midway point of the half. HU went on to grow the lead to as many as 27 before settling for the 24-point victory.
Trenia Barbee and Lakin Griffith were the only two Eagles to score in double digits to finish with 20 and 12 points respectively.
The Foresters are off until after Christmas when they play in the St. Xavier University tournament where they will face Calumet College of St. Joseph on December 27 at 5:00 p.m. CST.