Recker leads HU to tourney title over Rochester

Speed scores 1,000th career point
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - After a sluggish first half, the Forester women’s basketball team (3-2) turned things around in the final stanza to capture their own tournament title with a 64-49 win over Rochester College (4-6) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

Amelia Recker left little doubt in spectators’ minds why she was voted the tournament’s MVP. The 5-9 forward scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the final 13 minutes to spearhead HU’s comeback. She also topped the contest with game-highs of eight rebounds and four steals.

Despite coughing up the ball twice in their first six possessions, the Foresters still managed to take a 6-0 lead in the opening three minutes but their sloppy play soon caught up with them. The Warriors used their athleticism and quickness to force 11 more turnovers in the half. They also limited HU to seven field goals on 31.8 percent shooting.

Fortunately for the Foresters, Rochester wasn’t much better in either statistical category. The Warriors finished the period with 11 turnovers and only nine field goals. The difference came behind the arc where Rochester registered five first half 3-pointers to eventually finish the half with a 26-23 advantage.

HU continued to play catch up through the first six minutes of the second half before the tide turned for Culler’s squad. Pazia Speed’s trey at the 14:06 mark gave her team a lead that would stick at 34-31. Recker then went to work by connecting on four consecutive free tosses to extend the advantage to seven at 38-31.

The Warriors made one final push to whittle the lead to three by the midway point of the period but again Recker answered. The Arlington native scored her team’s next seven points to grow the lead back to seven at 47-40 with eight minutes remaining.

It was all HU after that as they closed out the game by outscoring the Warriors 17-9 to cruise to their largest margin of victory this season, a 15-point difference.

With the game well in hand, HU fans still had plenty to cheer about when Speed knocked down a jumper with just over two minutes remaining to score her 1,000 career point. To date, the Portland native senior (Jay County H.S.) is averaging 18.0 points this season, 11.4 for her career.

Speed finished with 15 points and four assists while Miranda Palmer came off the bench to also tally four assists to go along with seven points and three steals.

Ka’aikala Ke’ala tossed in 14 points to finish as Rochester’s only double digit scorer.

The Foresters shot 60.9 percent in the final twenty minutes to finish the game 21-for-45 for 46.7 percent. They care of the ball much better after halftime, committing only five miscues to settle for 18 for the game to the Warriors’ 20.

HU limited their visitors to just 23 points in the final stanza. On the day, the Warriors went 19-for-55 from the field for 34.5 percent.

Huntington is back in action on Tuesday when they host Indiana Tech at 7:00 p.m.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director