With third place in the MCC on the line, the Foresters (20-10, 11-5) stepped up big on senior day as they rolled past the Knights of Marian University (17-13, 8-8) 67-54 to lock in a top-three MCC finish.
The first twelve minutes saw seven ties and four lead changes as neither team could get into much of a rhythm. Fortunately for HU, Sarah Miller found her rhythm as carried the team throughout the first twenty minutes of play by scoring 14 of the Foresters' 28 first half points. HU enjoyed their largest lead of the half when she knocked down her third three of the game to go up 26-21 with just under three minutes on the clock. While the Foresters came up empty from the field to close out the half, they cashed in on two free tosses to take a slim 28-26 lead into the locker room.
Huntington's shooting woes continued into the second half as it took the Foresters nearly three minutes to score their first field goal. Jenna Donaldson's short jumper at the 17:09 mark sparked a 10-2 run giving HU a 38-30 lead with six minutes gone in the second stanza. The Knights rallied to close within six midway through the half but with the shot clock winding down, Miller's three found nothing but the bottom of the net to give HU the nine-point lead and suck the life right out of Marian. It was all Huntington after that as they built an 18-point lead, 57-39, over the next five minutes. The Foresters maintained this lead until the last minute and a half of play as the Knights outscored the Foresters by five but it was too little too late.
Miller finished with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds. Kelsey Green came off the bench to score 11. Kristin Houk led the Knights with 12 points. Rachel Kenney grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
After a miserable first half of free throw shooting, 7-for-16 for 44%, the Foresters bounced back to knock down 14-for-15 for 93% in the second half. While the Knights won the battle of the boards 49-30, the Foresters cashed in on Marian's 22 turnovers to score 24 points while committing only nine miscues themselves.