CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Up against the 9th-ranked Tigers, the Forester women’s basketball team (1-2) couldn’t overcome a poor first half as they suffered a 77-61 road loss to Campbellsville University (3-0) Saturday night at the Powell Athletic Center.
After scoring the game’s first five points, the wheels came off for HU. The Foresters didn’t have an answer for Campbellsville’s full court trapping defense and the Tigers took full advantage, holding Huntington to two points over a 12-minute span to open up 29-7 lead by the 6:36 mark.
A driving layup by Pazia Speed finally broke HU’s drought and ignited a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 12 at 31-19 with 46 ticks remaining in the half. It looked like Coach Culler’s squad would carry this momentum into the locker room but Angie Lawrence responded with a long bomb on the final possession to give the Tigers a 34-19 halftime lead.
It was a rough half for HU as they committed 14 turnovers, gave up 11 offensive rebounds for 18 points and managed only six field goals on 33.3 percent shooting but the break gave Culler a chance to make several adjustments.
The Foresters came out a different team in the second period. They played within one point of the Tiger’s, a team that has scored over a 100 points in each of their first two contests with 55 points being the average margin of victory.
While Huntington was never able to trim the lead to single digits, they showed plenty of grit and determination as they methodically broke down Campbellsville’s defense to score 42 points in the final twenty minutes on 46.7 percent shooting (14-for-30). They nearly cut their turnovers in half compared to the first period and knocked down 11 of their 12 free throw attempts to play even with the explosive Tigers.
While Kelsey Hubble carried the Foresters in the first half by scoring 11 of her 13 points in the first twenty minutes, Speed and Amelia Recker teamed up to account for over half of HU’s offensive production in the second period by scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. They each finished with 15 for the game. Speed dished out a game-high six assists and swiped three steals while Recker ripped down a game-high ten rebounds to log her team’s first double double of the year.
Mary Jehlik topped all scorers with 16 points. Also scoring in double digits for Campbellsville was Katie Allen with 12, Daizah Kimberland with 11 and Lawrence with ten.
The Foresters have nearly a week’s break before hosting their own tournament. They will face-off against Wilberforce University (OH) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.