Huntington, Ind. - In a battle for the fourth spot in the MCC, it was the Forester women’s basketball team (15-10, 7-6) who squeaked out a 61-60 win to edge ahead of the Pilots of Bethel College (16-12, 7-7) in conference standings.
Things didn’t start off well for HU as the Pilots took advantage of six Forester miscues to jump out to a 21-13 lead behind the guard play of Mandy Yoder and Heather Seyfred who combined to score 15 points in the first ten minutes of play.
With Kelsey Green out for the remainder of the season, the Foresters welcomed Brita Kuiper back into the lineup as she quickly made her presence known. She came off the bench to score four points to fuel a 10-3 run that pulled the visitors within one at 24-23 with six minutes on the clock. Bethel, with their arsenal of offensive weapons, relied on four different Pilots to put points on the board in the final five minutes of the half to stretch their lead to 33-29 by halftime.
After several halftime adjustments, it was the Foresters’ turn to showcase their offensive prowess as five different players scored to catapult Huntington ahead 45-35 by the 11:26 mark. Not surprisingly, the Pilots, who live or die by the three, weren’t ready to roll over as they mounted a comeback behind the arc. After a relatively quiet night, Bekah Basinger led the charge by draining three treys to pull Bethel within one at 56-55 with just over two minutes remaining.
The Foresters beat them at their own game as Pazia Speed answered with a long bomb in the corner to push the lead back to four but not to be outdone, the Pilots reeled off the next five points to take a 60-59 lead with 22 ticks remaining. After several timeouts to get organized, Sarah Miller penetrated the lane and drew a foul sending her to the charity stripe where she calmly sank what proved to be the game-winning tosses with eight seconds to go. Bethel’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell short as the Foresters claimed the critical win.
Miller finished with a team-high 16 points. Pazia Speed recorded the first double double of her college career with 14 points and a game-high ten rebounds. Amy Kramer chipped in ten points and Lauren Meese ripped down nine boards and dished out a game-high eight assists. Seyfred and Yoder each tossed in 16 points to lead the Pilots. Basinger and Sarah Clark each scored 13 points in the losing effort. Box Score