Hitting the road for their season opener, the Forester women's basketball
team (1-0) came away with a 61-53 win over Indiana Tech.
Losing four seniors to graduation last spring, this young HU team didn't let first-game jitters get the best of them. They jumped out to an early 9-2 lead within the first three minutes and extended their lead to 11 on a Kelsey Green put back at the 13:03 mark. The Warriors turned up the defensive pressure and eight minutes, four turnovers and four missed shots later, the Foresters found themselves down by five, 24-19. Pazia Speed and Allison Greene then went to work combining for 12 points over the closing minutes of the half to fuel a 16-3 run giving HU a 35-27 lead at intermission.
The Warriors stormed out of the second half gates to close within one, 35-34, after three minutes of play but the Foresters didn't seem rattled as they came up with seven unanswered points to push the lead back to six at the 15 minute mark. Tech would get within three midway through the period but the Foresters' solid defense and free throw shooting held the Warriors at bay as they cruised to the 61-53 victory.
The Foresters put four in double figures with Green and Speed leading the way with 13 points each. Greene finished with 12 while Taylor Foley chipped in 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Brittany Jones was the lone Warrior to score in double digits with 15 points. Both teams finished with 19 turnovers and similar shooting percentages but the difference came at the charity stripe where the Foresters went 22-for-26 (84.6 percent) compared to Tech's 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) performance.