Huntington University (15-10, 7-8) used a strong second half to overcome a one-point half-time deficit and run away from Goshen College (6-23, 1-14) for the 69-55 win.
The Foresters opened the game with an 11-4 run, but couldn’t maintain the advantage. Goshen answered with seven straight points to knot the score at 11-11 with 13:08 left in the half. For the remainder of the half, Huntington was plagued by poor shooting and numerous turnovers which allowed the Maple Leafs to take a 29-28 lead at intermission.
When the Foresters returned to the floor, they came ready to play defense. They held Goshen scoreless for the first six minutes of the half and turned the half-time deficit into a 40-29 lead. Kara Boester finally ended the drought for the Leafs with a three at the top at the 13:43 mark. Goshen again took advantage of three consecutive turnovers to pull back within four at 40-36 two minutes later. After trading a few baskets, Huntington finally took control of the game with an 8-0 run to give the Foresters a 53-41 lead with 7:17 to play. Although the Leafs again fought back to within seven, Huntington put the game out of reach with another 7-1 spurt to increase the margin to 13 with two minutes to go.
Huntington’s Jenna Donaldson took game-high honors with 20 points, including 4-6 from behind the arc, and nine rebounds. Lauren Davenport added 15 points and Erica Yost finished with 12 off the bench for the Foresters. Kendra Fights and Kimmie Hummer both scored 10 points to lead Goshen.
After shooting 37.5% in the first half, Huntington hit for 61.5% in the second to finish the game at 48.3% (28-58). The Leafs were 17-52 from the field for 32.7%. Goshen edged the Foresters on the boards 38-37.