HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It was sweet revenge for the Knights as Marian University as they evened up the season series by stealing a 64-60 road win from the Forester women’s basketball team Wednesday night at Platt Arena.
The Foresters enjoyed a 63-53 win back on November 28 down in Indianapolis but tonight the Knights returned the favor. With this loss, HU drops its third consecutive Crossroads contest to move to 13-9 overall, 5-6 in conference play while MU improves to 14-8, 4-7 in the CL.
Marian used a balanced attack to take down HU with Lakan Hasser-Smith topping the bunch with 15 points while Faith Reece and Rachel Turk each chipped in ten. The visitors shot 45.7 percent (21-for-46) as a team from the floor and even more impressive was their performance at the line down the stretch where they went 7-for-8 to seal the win. For the game, they finished 17-for-21 (81.0 percent) from the charity stripe.
After a quiet first half, Sarah Miller-Jennings came to life to in the final twenty minutes to score 19 of her game-high 21 points. Pazia Speed was HU’s only other double digit scorer with 17. Taylor Foley grabbed a team-high five rebounds in the losing effort.
After spotting the Knights a 5-0 lead, Speed caught fire to account for ten of her team’s first 12 points to give what proved to be the Foresters only lead of the half at 12-11 with 14:45 on the clock. An HU five-minute dry spell gave Marian plenty of time to recapture the lead as four different Knights scored to push the lead to eight by the midway point.
An Allison Greene trey and Foley bucket later, HU pulled back within one at 20-19 but the final eight minutes weren’t kind to Huntington as missed shots and turnovers piled up allowing the Knights to take a 30-24 lead into intermission.
HU came out of the locker room a new team as Speed and Miller-Jennings combined for 12 points in the opening five minutes of the period to give the Foresters a 40-39 advantage. HU capitalized on this new-found momentum to build the lead to eight at 52-44 by the 7:45 mark by Marian wasn’t ready to roll over and die.
The Knights ratcheted up their defense and their effort paid off as the Foresters went stone cold, scoring only one point over the next seven minutes to find themselves in a six-point hole of 59-53 with 40 ticks remaining.
Miller-Jennings kept things interesting by draining back-to-back threes in the final 26 seconds but the Knights calmly sank their freebies to ward off any sort of heroic finish.
The Foresters will try to snap their three-game skid on Saturday when they travel to Grace College for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.