Huntington, Ind. - A 21-point second half performance by Allison Greene lifted the Forester women’s basketball team (2-0) past the visiting Saints of Aquinas College 69-60 Wednesday night.
It was a rough first half for the Foresters as the Saints’ scrappy defense limited HU to five field goals on 27.8% shooting. Huntington’s saving grace came at the line where they went 13-for-15 to stay within striking at 26-25 heading into the locker room.
Aquinas held onto the lead through the first seven minutes of the second stanza until Kelsey Green knocked down two freebies to give HU a one-point lead at 33-32. Allison Greene then turned into a one-woman wrecking ball by scoring 15 of HU’s next 21 points to give the Foresters a 54-46 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Saints trimmed the lead to five inside a minute remaining but Pazia Speed drilled four free throws in the waning seconds to hold off Aquinas for the win.
In the final twenty minutes, HU shot 44.8% from the field (13-for-29) and committed four turnovers to outscore the Saints 44-34 in the second half to remain undefeated on the season. The Foresters out-muscled the Saints on the boards 42-26.
Greene finished with a career-high 25 points to lead all scorers. Green tossed in 14 points, grabbed a game-high 11 boards and dished out three assists. Taelor Sanders paced the Saints with 17 points and five rebounds. Shelby Carter added 14 points in the losing effort.
The Foresters hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday when they travel to Canton, Ohio, for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off with Malone University.