After being tied at halftime, the Huntington University Foresters’ defense limited Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) to just 16 second half points to win 59-43 and remain perfect on the season at 8-0.
The two teams traded baskets early, but it was Huntington that found some breathing room first with a 10-0 run that put the Foresters up 16-6 midway through the half. Huntington still held a nine-point advantage at 25-16 with seven minutes left in the half, but could only manage two points down the stretch. The Titans slowly battled their way back into the game and evened the score at 27 as they headed to the locker room.
The defense continued to be in control at both ends of the floor as the second half began. The Foresters moved out to a 35-30 lead five minutes into the period, but IUSB scored the next four to pull within one. A 12-2 spurt over a seven minute span finally gave Huntington a double digit advantage at 47-36 with 7:39 to play. On their next possession, the Titans got back within single digits on a layup by Betsy Grogan, but it was as close as they would get. A Sarah Miller jumper from the elbow and a putback by Courtney Beerbower pushed the Foresters’ margin back to 13 at the 5:14 mark and IUSB could get know closer.
Huntington’s Beerbower topped all scorers in the game with 19 points. She also added a game-high nine rebounds. Miller joined her in double figures with 12 points. Brooke Daugherty led IUSB with 12 points and Becca Hoefler chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Huntington shot 47.2% from the field hitting 25 of 53 shots while the Titans were 18-47 for 38.3%. The Foresters also out-rebounded IUSB 35-25.