HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Poor shooting and an inability to keep the Saints off the boards didn’t bode well for the HU women’s basketball team (0-1) as they suffered a 64-48 loss to Aquinas College (2-0) in their season opener Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.
It was the Saints first win over the Foresters since 2009.
Huntington finished 17-for-50 from the field for 34.0 percent while their visitors logged ten more field goals on 46.6 percent shooting (27-for-58). The Saints also enjoyed a 40-32 advantage on the boards to eventually pull away for the lopsided win.
After hanging on to a lead through most of the first eight minutes, things started to go south for the Foresters. Aquinas rattled off a 15-4 run over a nine-minute span to jump in front of HU 27-17. Coach Culler’s squad closed out the half by scoring the final six points to trail 27-23 by intermission behind Amelia Recker’s eight points.
Kelsey Hubble made sure to keep things close by knocking down back-to-back threes on consecutive possessions early in the second half. Amelia Echemann then picked up where Hubble left off by scoring HU’s next four points to give her team its final lead of the day, 33-31, at the 13:31 mark.
It was all Taelor Sanders and the Saints after that as the visitors slowly built on their lead the rest of the way to claim the 16-point victory.
Sanders finished with a game-high 17 points while teammate Brooklynne Lane came off the bench to score 16.
It was a balanced attack for HU with Recker, Hubble and Pazia Speed tossing in 11 points apiece while Echemann scored a career-best ten points and ripped down a career-high eight rebounds.
The Foresters have a few days to regroup before hitting the road on Tuesday to play Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m.