The HU women's basketball
team (6-1, 1-0) hit the road on Tuesday night for their first MCC game of the season and came away with a 69-60 win over the Knights of Marian University (4-3, 0-1).
In typical Marian-style basketball, the Knights aggressive, foul-prone defense and run and gun offense seemed to throw the young Forester squad for a loop as they trailed by seven, 24-17, after 14 minutes of play. After a timeout to regroup, Allison Greene knocked down a trey to spark an 11-1 run to close out the half and give the Foresters a 28-25 edge.
Greene continued to provide HU's fire power in the second half as she scored eight of the Foresters' first 12 points to grow the lead to double digits, 40-30, at the 14:25 mark. Thanks to solid team defense, the Foresters limited the Knights to just four points through the first eleven minutes of the half and a rebound bucket by Amy Kramer with 9:16 on the clock gave HU their largest lead of the night at 49-32. The Knights continued to battle and finally cut the lead to single digits at 59-50 with 2:51 left but solid free throw shooting by the Foresters denied the Marian squad any chance of a fast and furious comeback as HU went 10-for-10 from the line in the closing minutes of play to steal the MCC road win.
Greene topped all scorers with 15 points. Sarah Miller chipped in 13 points, nine of which came from the charity stripe, and three assists. Lauren Meese finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and three steals while Kelsey Green added 11 points and a game-high eight boards. Rachel Kenney led Marian with 13 points. Adrienne Sahm and Rachel Turk netted 12 and 11 points respectively.
The game was won at the free throw line where HU went 27-for-31 for 87.1 percent compared to Marian's 9-for-13 performance for 69.2 percent.