Canton, Ohio - The long trip to Canton, Ohio, didn’t seem to faze the Forester women’s basketball team as they stole a 74-66 road win from the NCAA Division II Pioneers of Malone University on Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season.
The opening minutes was a see-saw affair as both teams stormed out of the gates to shoot a combined 13-for-20 from the field and play to a 15-15 tie at the 13:38 mark. The Foresters continued to sizzle the nets thanks in large part to the sharp shooting of Pazia Speed who closed out the half with an old-fashioned three-point play to finish with 15 first half points. Kelsey Green also made her presence known down low by going 5-for-6 in the paint for ten points. The Foresters shot an impressive 65.2% in the first half to take a 38-32 lead into the locker room.
The Pioneers wasted no time making up the difference in the second period by knocking down seven of their first eight shots to take the lead at 46-45 within the first five minutes of play but the Foresters remained steadfast. They systematically broke down Malone’s defense behind Allison Greene’s eight points to build their first double digit lead of the afternoon at 59-49 with just under eight remaining.
Holding onto a ten point lead with five minutes remaining, the Foresters watched their lead dwindle to two at 64-62 with 90 seconds remaining, but once again they didn’t crumble. Lauren Meese wiggled free for a layup and then sank four free throws to extend the lead to six with 29 ticks remaining. Greene then knocked down four more free tosses in the waning seconds to secure the win.
The Foresters shot 35.5% from the field in the second half to finish the contest 26-for-54 for 48.1%. After committing 10 turnovers in the first twenty minutes, HU limited their miscues to four in the second stanza for a total of 14 turnovers. They held a slight rebounding edge over the Pioneers 33-30.
Speed led a balanced Forester attack with 21 points. Greene and Meese added 17 and 12 points respectively. Green turned in an all-around solid performance by scoring 14 points and finishing with team-highs of nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Lauren Myers paced Malone with 21 points and five assists while teammate Lindsey Snyder chipped in 18 points and a game-high ten boards. Sydnee Penn rounded out the Pioneers’ double digit scoring with 14 points.
The Foresters have the week off before hosting the HU Classic on November 18 and 19. HU will take on Indiana Tech on Friday at 6:00 p.m.