GOSHEN, Ind. - The Forester women’s basketball team (12-6, 4-3) bumped up two spots in the conference standings after its 70-50 win over the Maple Leafs of Goshen College (2-17, 0-7) Thursday evening at Gunden Gymnasium.
Indiana Wesleyan sits atop the league with an unblemished 7-0 record. Bethel and Saint Francis are hot on their trail boasting identical 6-1 conference records while HU and Grace share the No. 4 spot with 4-3 records.
Amelia Recker paced a balanced HU attack with 18 points. The 5-9 freshman forward has had the hot hand as of late, scoring in double digits in four of the Foresters’ last five games.
Joining her in double digits was Taylor Foley with 13. Foley also ripped down a team-high eight rebounds. Pazia Speed tossed in 11 and Sarah Miller-Jennings added ten while Kelsey Hubble came off the bench to drain a pair of threes on 2-for-2 shooting and knock down both her freebies to finish with eight points.
In a game riddled with turnovers, the Foresters were able to overcome their 21 miscues by shooting 46.6 percent (27-for-58) from the field which included knocking down six of their 12 three-point attempts.
Goshen, meanwhile, wasn’t so fortunate as they committed a season-tying 30 turnovers while only converting 38.5 percent (20-for-50) of their field goal attempts. They finished 3-for-17 behind the arc for 17.6 percent.
Sloppy play made for a tight first half as neither team could leverage much advantage. With only one point separating the two teams at 13-12 in favor of the visitors, HU scored six straight points over a three-minute span to take a 19-12 lead at the 7:53 mark.
Hubble connected on her two free throws with just under two minutes left in the half to give her team their first double digit lead of the night at 28-18 but it was quickly erased as the Maple Leafs closed out the period with a pair of trios to close within seven at 31-24 by halftime.
The Foresters opened up the second stanza with a 15-2 run to distance themselves from the Maple Leafs 46-26. While Speed started the frenzy with a fast-break layup and capped it off with a trey, Foley and Recker took care of everything in between as the two took over in the paint to account for the other ten points.
Jo’Mani Thomas scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the final twenty minutes to keep the game from getting too far out of reach but 13 points would be as close as the Maple Leafs would get.
The Foresters enjoyed their largest lead of the night at 67-46 with just over three minutes remaining as Tenessa Pontius scored three of the game’s final five points to make sure HU maintained its 20-point margin by the final buzzer.
Thomas ripped down 12 boards to go along with her 15 points for her first double double of the season. She was the only Maple Leaf t score in double digits.
The Foresters cap off the week with a home contest against 25th-ranked Taylor University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.