WINONA LAKE, Ind. - According to Coach Culler, defense wins ball games and Saturday was the perfect example as her Foresters limited the #RV Lancers of Grace College to 16 points in the final twenty minutes on their way to a 62-43 blowout at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The win snaps a three-game skid for HU who improves to 14-9 overall while GC drops to 15-9. Both squads have 6-6 league records and are currently in a three-way tie along with Taylor for fourth place in the standings.
The visitors’ defensive highlight reel included limiting the Lancers to four field goals in the second stanza on 22.2 percent shooting and forcing 14 turnovers. HU held Grace to 30.2 percent shooting (16-for-53) for the game and pestered them for 18 total miscues.
HU’s lock-down defense wasn’t the only thing Culler’s squad had going for them in the second half as they got the job done on the other end of the court as well with Pazia Speed taking the lead.
After pacing HU with eight points in a close first half during which the Foresters never trailed; Speed doubled her offensive production in the final period, exploding for 16, to finish with a season-high 24 points.
With her team on top 32-31 with five minutes gone by in the second half, Speed was unstoppable for a three and a half minute spree where she scored ten consecutive points which included a pair of 3-pointers to extend HU’s lead to 42-31 by the 11:30 mark.
In addition to clicking on all cylinders offensively during this stretch, the Foresters were also making it happen defensively. Speed drew two charges and Sarah Miller-Jennings drew a third to bring Grace’s offense to a screeching halt.
It sucked the life out of the Lancers as HU had their way over the next seven minutes, putting the game out of reach at 59-37 with just over three minutes remaining.
Amelia Recker was HU’s only other double-digit scorer with 14 points. Taylor Foley hauled in a game-high nine rebounds and Lauren Meese dished out a game-best four assists.
Juaneice Jackson entered the contest averaging 23.6 points over the last eight outings but Miller-Jennings made sure she would get no where close to that point total by limiting the lightning quick guard to nine points. Allison Kauffman tossed in eight points as no one scored in double digits for the Lancers.
HU hits the hardwood again on Wednesday when they host #1 Indiana Wesleyan at 7:00 p.m.