SPRING ARBOR, Mich. –
The #24 Huntington women’s basketball team escaped Bockwitz Court with a 63-52
win Wednesday night to pick up their second victory over the Cougars this
season. HU improves to 16-6 overall, 8-3 in league play while SAU drops to
10-12 overall, 4-7 in Crossroads action.
The Foresters would be the first to say that the score wasn’t indicative of how
close the game really was. They would also be quick to admit that the Cougars
are dangerous when playing at home as tonight’s contest was a far cry from Huntington’s
lopsided 72-49 win at Platt Arena back in December.
Thankfully, Coach Culler and company lived up to their motto that defense wins
ball games. After a see saw affair through the first 30 minutes of play, HU
clamped down defensively to hold their hosts scoreless for a nine minute stretch
setting the stage for the double digit win.
Up by a single point, 46-45, with just over ten minutes remaining, the
Foresters reeled off 14 consecutive points to take the game’s largest lead of
60-45 with 2:41 remaining. Amelia Recker teamed up with Miranda Palmer to
register all but three of those points as the Buckeye duo put the game out of
reach and dashed the hopes of a Cougar squad that had been eyeing the upset.
The first ten minutes had all the makings of a blowout as Huntington seemed to be
clicking on all cylinders. HU raced out to a 15-6 advantage as six different
Foresters put points on the board all while limiting SAU to just two field
goals. But the game was far from over as the tables methodically began to turn.
The Cougars spent the next seven minutes clawing their way back into the game
to knot it up at 23-23 by the 2:43 mark. The Foresters recouped four points by
halftime to take a 29-25 lead into intermission but the battle had just begun.
Both teams came out of break on a mission as they exchanged the lead six times
and forced five ties through the first ten minutes. Neither team would gain
more than a three-point advantage until Huntington’s defense kicked in to bring
the Cougars’ offense to a screeching halt.
The Foresters coughed up the ball five times each half while the Cougars
tallied 11 miscues, six of which came in the final ten minutes. HU also owned a
lopsided 43-30 edge in rebounds and shot 43.3 percent from the field to SAU’s
Recker finished with18 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double double of
the year. Palmer added 15 points, 11 of which came in the final twenty minutes,
to go along with four assists and two steals. Pazia Speed tossed in 12 points,
ripped down six boards and dished out three assists while Courtney Baker handed
out a team-high six assists.
Kylie Townsley and Jessica Garrison topped Spring Arbor with 16 points apiece.
Huntington is back on the road Saturday for a long trip to Mount Vernon. Tip-off
is slated for 1:00 p.m.