Huntington, Ind. - The Forester women’s basketball team (1-0) opened up its season with a convincing 85-63 win over the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday afternoon at the Merillat Complex.
As their name implies, the Racers shot out of the gates to knock down four of their first five shots but the Foresters were equally impressive to make for a fast and furious opening ten minutes that featured four ties and three lead changes.
With the score knotted at 26-26 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half, HU outscored the Racers 20-7 with Kelsey Green and Pazia Speed tossing in eight points apiece to give the Foresters a 46-33 lead at intermission.
Huntington came out of the locker room and drained three treys on its first three possessions to extend the lead to 55-36 but the Racers weren’t ready to call it quits as they went on an 8-2 run to trim the lead to twelve with 15 minutes to go.
They closed to within single digits at 66-57 with just over eight minutes remaining but a poised Forester squad clamped down defensively to limit Northwestern to just six points the rest of the way while tearing up the nets from the field and free throw line to cruise to the 85-63 win.
HU shot 45.0% from the field (27-for-60) and went 25-for-26 from the line (96.2%). They held a slight 34-32 advantage on the boards and committed 15 turnovers to the Racers’ 18.
Speed finished with a career-high 28 points. Green tallied 18 points and ten rebounds, five of which were offensive, for the double double. Allison Greene added 11 points and Lauren Meese finished with a game-high five assists and five steals. Karrah Windau paced UNOH with 26 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Francis was the only other Racer in double digits with 13.
The Foresters take the court again on Wednesday when they host Aquinas College at 5:00 p.m.