Huntingtin, Ind. - The HU women's basketball team (17-10, 9-6) played spoiler to senior night at the E. Kathleen Dunckel Gymnasium by sliding past the Cougars of Spring Arbor University (8-22, 2-14) 64-61 in Wednesday night's MCC matchup.
The first half featured seven ties and just as many lead changes as the Cougars came out with the hot hand, shooting 50.0 percent (9-for-18) from the field while the Foresters managed only 35.3 percent (12-for-34). But it was the turnover difference that kept things close. Spring Arbor committed 15 first half miscues compared to the Foresters' nine but still managed to hold a slight 31-29 advantage by the halftime buzzer.
The shooting woes continued for the Foresters as they went 1-for-12 to start the second half and found themselves down 41-33 at the 13:13 mark. Sarah Miller and Amy Kramer gave HU new life by scoring the team's next nine points to cut the lead to one at 43-42 but it was a short-live spurt as the Cougars hit back-to-back threes to push the lead back to seven midway through the half.
The Cougars held onto the lead until Pazia Speed knocked down a long bomb with just under seven minutes to play to give HU their first lead of the half at 53-51. Spring Arbor tied things up two more times before Miller tossed in two freebies to give the Foresters a permanent lead with three minutes remaining. Huntington went 5-for-6 from the line in the final minute to seal the win and extend the Cougars' losing streak to 13.
The difference in the game came down at the charity stripe where the Foresters, who only shot two free throws in the first twenty minutes, connected on 19-for-25 in the second stanza compared to the Cougars who only found their way to the line seven times.
Miller led a balanced Forester attack with 16 points and five assists. Kramer finished with a career-high 15 points and team-high seven boards. Meese scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high seven steals. Heather Carlson led four Cougars in double digits with 15 points. Melissa Tejkl came off the bench to toss in 14 points and haul in a game-high eight boards. Alex Glen and Megan Bement finished with 12 and 11 points respectively. Box Score