Huntington, Ind. - It was a rough weekend of basketball for the 13th-ranked Foresters as they came up short for the second time in as many days, falling to the 8th-ranked Cardinals of Concordia University 69-57 Saturday afternoon.
Despite limiting the Cardinals to 69 points, ten points shy of their average, the Foresters struggled offensively. After a 6-for-26 shooting performance (23.2%) in the first half, HU went 10-for-28 in the final twenty minutes to finish 29.6% for the game.
With an arsenal of offensive weapons, Concordia held the upper hand from opening tip-off by scoring seven points in the first 90 seconds to set the tone. HU would cut it to two at 14-12 with just over 13 minutes remaining but Concordia turned up the heat on both ends of the floor, limiting the Foresters to nine points while six different Cardinals put points on the board to take a 29-21 lead into intermission.
HU came out of the locker room with new life to take their first lead of the day at 36-35 with 16 minutes to go but it was short-lived as Brittany Simmons responded by scoring eight of the next ten points to push the Cardinals back on top 45-36. The Foresters never recovered as Concordia extended their lead to as many as 14 before cruising to their seventh win of the season.
The Foresters got to the line 26 times and knocked down 22 for 84.6%. Both teams snagged 38 boards.
Kelsey Green led a balanced Forester with 15 points and 16 rebounds for the double double and a spot on the All-Classic Team. Allison Greene and Lauren Meese chipped in ten points apiece. Kortni Elsworth finished with 19 points and a game-high six assists to pace the Cardinals. Simmons added 18 points and a team-high eight boards and Marion Rodriguez finished with ten points.
Huntington (3-2) opens up conference play on Tuesday when they travel to 7th-ranked University of Saint Francis for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.