#24 Foresters mow over Maple Leafs 95-55
HU Pink Out raises over $2,000 for breast cancer research
Ind. – It was sweet revenge for the #24 Forester women’s basketball team (19-6,
11-3) Saturday afternoon as they handed the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (4-21,
1-12) a 95-55 loss at Platt Arena. The victory was pay back from January 11
when GC upset Huntington, ranked 22nd at the time, 64-63.
HU started off red-hot, jumping out to a 20-10 lead six minutes into the contest.
The gap never dipped into single digits as the hot-handed Foresters went up by
as many as 19 before taking a 55-40 lead into break.
Kelsey Hubble put on a first half shooting clinic by knocking down five treys
in as many attempts on her way to scoring 17 of her career-best 26 points in
the first twenty minutes. She also dished out six assists to have her hand in more
than half the team’s offensive output for the period.
As a team, the Foresters went 23-for-35 from the field for 65.7 percent and
committed only three turnovers in the stanza to make for a near-perfect performance
on the offensive end of the floor.
Defensively, however, the Foresters struggled to keep the Maple Leafs in check
as they gave up 40 first half points but eventually righted their wrong in the final
twenty minutes by limiting their visitors to just 15 points to blow the game
HU widened the gap to 32 at 77-45 by the 12:06 mark on a traditional
three-point play by Pazia Speed. Coach Culler’s squad led by at least that much
the rest of the way to make for a lopsided affair.
Hubble went on to drain three more 3-pointers in the second half to finish one
trifecta shy from tying the school record. As a team, the Foresters sizzled the
nets for 71.4 percent (10-for-14) from behind the arc.
In addition to Hubble’s 26 points, other double digit scorers for HU included Speed
with 18, Miranda Palmer with 17, Amelia Recker with 12 and Courtney Baker with
Huntington was perfect from the line at 11-for-11, shot a season-high 56.9
percent from the floor and came within one handout of tying a school record as 28
of their 37 field goals were assisted. Baker led the way with a game-high seven
HU enjoyed a slight rebounding advantage of 39-37 and committed only eight
mistakes, the seventh time this season the Foresters have finished with less
than ten turnovers, to their visitors’ 15. They limited Goshen to just 34.3
percent shooting (24-for-70).
The Maple Leafs were led by Jo’Mani Thomas with 16 points.
The real highlight of the day came at halftime where 24 breast cancer survivors
were honored as part of the Foresters’ sixth annual Pink Out. Over $2,000 was
raised for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.