HU tops 13th-ranked Campbellsville 72-66
Foresters record second upset of the week
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - For the second time this week, the Forester women’s basketball team was the undeniable underdog. For the second time this week, the Forester women’s basketball team knocked off one of the top teams in the nation.
Saturday evening it was 13th-ranked NAIA Division I Campbellsville University (Ky.) who suffered a 72-66 upset to the gritty HU squad.
The contest marked the third time these two teams have met during Coach Culler’s tenure with the Foresters owning the 2-1 series. With this win, Huntington remains unblemished on the season with a 3-0 record while the Tigers drop to 2-1.
Campbellsville entered the contest averaging 85 points per contest but HU’s defense made sure the Tigers didn’t live up to their billing in newly-dedicated Platt Arena as they held their visitors to 22 points in the first half, 66 points overall.
After spotting CU a five-point lead in the opening minute, HU recorded a steal and drew two offensive fouls to spark a 12-4 run during which Pazia Speed sizzled the nets for nine points to give Huntington a 12-9 lead by the 12:09 mark.
Up 20-14 with just under eight minutes left in the half, Allison Greene singled-handedly took over the contest by accounting for 16 of HU’s next 20 points to give her team a comfortable 40-22 lead heading into intermission.
The Foresters learned firsthand there is no comfortable lead when you play a national powerhouse. HU watched their lead dwindle to three points at 49-46 by the midway point of the second half but they were able to withstand the Tigers' surge thanks to the guard play of Speed, Greene and Sarah Miller-Jennings.
The trio teamed up to outscore Campbellsville 12-6 and grow the lead back to nine at 61-52 by the five-minute mark. The last five minutes was an all-out battle as neither team was ready to throw in the towel. The Tigers would cut the lead to two but once again the Foresters responded with big play after big play.
From Greene’s long bomb at the top of the key to a pair of acrobatic driving layups by Miller-Jennings to Lauren Meese’s clutch free throws with less than 30 ticks remaining, HU was able to outlast Campbellsville for the thrilling six-point victory.
Greene finished with 25 points to lead all scorers. Speed added 22 points while Taylor Foley tossed in 11 points and grabbed a game-high nine boards, four of which were offensive. Meese dished out a team-high three assists while committing only one turnover in 37 minutes of play.
Daizah Kimberland and Chelsea Craig each scored 14 points to pace the Tigers while Courtney Clifton and Mrashi Karumba tallied 12 points apiece in the losing effort.
The Foresters are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Indiana Tech for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off where they will look to avenge last year’s 66-63 loss to the Warriors.