The HU women's basketball
team (7-5) ended a long week of finals with a long bus trip to Mount Vernon Nazarene University (9-3) where the Cougars handed the Foresters a 63-49 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The opening minutes were slow going for both teams as evidenced by the 6-5 score at the 15:13 mark. Brita Kuiper, a welcomed addition to the HU roster, then went to work scoring eight of the Foresters' next ten points to give Huntington a 15-9 lead midway through the half. The Foresters enjoyed their largest lead of the game at 29-22 with just over a minute left in the half but a quick Cougar layup and long trey off a Forester turnover cut the lead to two. Kuiper answered with her sixth bucket of the half to give HU the 31-27 advantage at intermission.
The Foresters shot 46.4 percent (13-for-28) in the first half while holding the Cougars to 28.2 percent (11-for-39). They also got the job done on the boards by outrebounding Mount Vernon 24-20.
The tables turned in the second half as the Cougars' leading scorer Amanda Himes came to life scoring eight of Mount Vernon's first ten points to quickly erase HU's lead. Up 37-34, the Cougars continued to roll outscoring the Foresters 11-4 over the next seven minutes to take a double digit lead at 48-38 with just over eight left in the contest. Things continued to deteriorate for Huntington on both ends of the court as the Cougars took advantage of their size in the paint and capitalized on nine Forester miscues to build their lead to as many as 18 points. The Foresters continued to battle but eventually succumbed to a 14-point loss.
Sarah Miller, Kelsey Green and Kuiper each finished with 12 points for the Foresters. Green added a team-high 13 boards. Lauren Meese was the only other Forester in double digit with 10 points. Alexis Harkins paced the Cougars with 17 points. Himes recorded the double double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Sierra Fletcher tossed in nine points and dished out a game-high five assists.
The Foresters are back in action on December 28 when they take on Purdue University Calumet at 7:00 p.m. (CST) in first night action of the Purdue University Calumet Classic.