With a decisive 70-43 win over the Cougars of Spring Arbor University (8-13, 2-6) on Saturday afternoon, the HU women’s basketball
team (12-7, 4-3) not only picked up their fourth MCC win of the season, but jumped into the top half of the conference standings.
The Cougars grabbed a 5-4 lead after four minutes of play but little did they suspect they had already scored a fourth of their first half points. A Sarah Miller lay-up at the 15:20 mark not only gave HU a 6-5 lead but spurred a 17-2 run that proved too much for Spring Arbor to recover from.
The Cougars trimmed the lead to eight at 23-15 with just over seven minutes left in the half but Lauren Meese made sure they would get no closer as she scored seven of the Foresters’ final 12 points which included a half court heave at the buzzer that banked in to give HU the 35-20 lead at intermission.
Alicia Burrus opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers to squelch any hope the Cougars had of getting back into the game. Up 39-26, the Foresters blew things open behind Kelsey Green’s seven points to go up 49-28 at the 12:27 mark. The final twelve minutes were all Huntington as they went up by as many as 30 points before earning the 27-point victory.
Green led a balanced Forester attack with 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Meese chipped in 14 points and dished out five assists while Miller tossed in ten points. Alex Glenn led the Cougars with 14 points and Melissa Tejkl came off the bench to score 11.
The Foresters shot 42.1 percent (24-for-57) from the field while limiting Spring Arbor to 29.4 percent (15-for-51). HU made good on 81 percent (17-for-21) of their freebies and out rebounded the Cougars 41-34.