Huntington, Ind. - It was a special day at the Merillat Complex as the Foresters hosted their third annual Pink Out event. Not only did the HU (16-10, 8-6) down the visiting Goshen College Maple Leafs (6-22, 2-12) 80-56, more importantly they raised $2,125 to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. As part of the Pink Out festivities, thirty-two breast cancer survivors were honored during a half-time ceremony with each receiving a gift from the Vera Bradley Foundation.
Playing before a sea of pink, the Foresters took a 9-8 lead at the 14:40 mark and never looked back. HU pushed the lead to as many as nine behind Sarah Miller's 11 first half points. The Foresters got the job done on the defensive end by limiting Goshen to one offensive board and forcing 14 Maple Leaf miscues while committing only seven turnovers and grabbing ten of their own missed shots to pave the way for a 33-25 halftime lead.
The Foresters took over the game in the first seven minutes of the second stanza by scoring on ten of their first 12 possessions to take a 54-39 lead that would never be challenged. Erica Yost's layup at the 11:15 mark trimmed the lead to nine at 56-45 but Allison Greene made sure they would get no closer as she reeled off the Foresters' next seven points to spark a 11-2 run that stretched the lead to 65-47 with just over seven minutes remaining.
HU continued to tack on points as they enjoyed their largest lead of the contest on Claire Creasy's put back in the waning seconds to give HU the 24-point win.
Miller and Pazia Speed each poured in 20 points to lead HU. Speed also tallied nine boards, six assists and three steals. Greene came off the bench to score 11 points and rip down six boards, five of which were on the offensive end. Lauren Meese wasn't far from a triple double with her game-high 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. Cassie Grieves paced Goshen with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Yost chipped in 13 points and dished out five assists.
The Foresters cleaned up on the boards with 19 offensive caroms, outrebounding the Maple Leafs 42-31. Huntington committed three turnovers in the final twenty minutes to finish with ten errors on the day compared to Goshens' 22.
HU is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Spring Arbor University for their final regular season road game at 7:00 p.m. Box Score