MOUNT VERNON, Ohio –
It was history in the making as the No. 24 Forester women’s basketball team
logged the program’s first road win against Mount Vernon Nazarene University
and did so in convincing fashion, a 72-50 decision, Saturday afternoon at Ariel
With this win, HU (17-6) improves to 9-3 in Crossroads play and now shares the
same league record with No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan who lost to Saint Francis
earlier today 73-57. MVNU, meanwhile, drops to 3-18 overall, 2-10 in the
Huntington has earned the reputation of being a second half team and today’s
contest was a perfect of that. After trailing the entire first half, the
Foresters quickly did an about-face in the final twenty minutes to turn a
three-point halftime deficit into a 22-point blowout by game’s end.
HU opened the second period with a 9-4 spurt to take its first lead of the day at
43-41 by the 16:06 mark. Kelsey Hubble sparked the run in the first 90 seconds by
slithering her way through the lane for a layup and draining her first of two
treys to set the tone of what was to come.
Huntington enjoyed the lead the remainder of the game. Over the next eight
minutes, HU’s backcourt accounted for all 21 of their team’s points to blow the
game wide open at 64-46. It was some savvy shooting as Hubble connected on her
second triple of the half while teammates Pazia Speed and Miranda Palmer also
drained the long ball.
The Foresters continued to grow the lead over the final eight minutes, logging
their largest advantage by the final buzzer.
Coach Culler and company would just as soon forget the first twenty minutes as nothing
seemed to go right defensively for the visitors. After giving up a trio of
triples in the first five minutes of play, HU found themselves in a 13-4 hole
and spent the rest of the stanza playing catch up.
Offensively the Foresters were fine as Speed and Palmer scored 14 and eight
points respectively to pace their team to 34 first half points. The trouble
came on the other end of the floor where HU struggled to defend Mount Vernon’s
penetration and gave up nine offensive rebounds much to the delight of MVNU who
scored 14 points on second chance opportunities.
Things were looking bleak for Huntington until the final 2:31 of the period
when they pieced together a 9-2 run to close the gap from a double digit spread
of 35-25 to a three-point difference of 37-34 by intermission.
As poorly as HU’s defense was in the first half, they more than made up for it
in the second period by holding their hosts to just 13 points, the Foresters’
fewest points allowed in a half this season. The Cougars tallied only five
field goals in the final twenty minutes on 20.8 percent shooting.
Mount Vernon finished 18-for-52 for 34.6 percent for the game while Huntington
shot 50.0 percent (29-for-58) which included eight 3-pointers, half of which
came from Palmer.
HU limited MVNU to just two offensive boards in the second half but the Cougars
still managed a slight rebounding advantage of 34-33 for the game. Huntington outplayed
Mount Vernon in just about every other statistical category. The Foresters
committed 11 miscues, dished out 15 assists and swiped 13 steals while their
counterparts recorded 17 turnovers, 12 assists and seven steals.
Speed topped all scorers with 21 points. She also earned game-high honors in
steals and assists with five and eight respectively. Palmer finished with 18
points, four rebounds and three assists. Hubble added 12 points, ten of which
came in the second half, while Amelia Recker tossed in 11 points and grabbed
Jaclene Bonnema was a dominate force defensively, especially in the second half
where she swatted three shots and collected five of her team-high eight
Amy Daniels poured in 18 points for the Cougars to go along with eight
rebounds. Megan Beidelman tallied ten points as MVNU’s only other double digit
The Foresters are looking to avenge their loss to IWU earlier this season on
Wednesday when they host the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m.