#24 Foresters mow over Maple Leafs 95-55

Pink Out 2014
HU Pink Out raises over $2,000 for breast cancer research
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2014-02-08
HUNTINGTON, 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 wide open.

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 10.

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 assists.

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.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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