Winona Lake, Ind. - As would be expected from two top twenty teams, it was a battle from start to finish that favored 20th-ranked Grace College (8-3, 2-1) over the No. 10 Foresters 58-50 on Saturday afternoon at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The Lancers outscored the Foresters 13-2 to open the contest but Pazia Speed made sure HU didn’t throw in the towel early as she knocked down three triples on the way to an 18-0 run that gave the Foresters a 20-13 lead at the midway point of the half. But things went south for Huntington as they managed only seven points the rest of period of which the Lancers took full advantage to steal the lead back at 30-27 by halftime.
The majority of the second stanza went back and forth as both team jockeyed for position as evidenced by five ties and four lead changes but the final two minutes belonged to the Lancers. Up by two with just over two minutes remaining, Grace made sure their lead stuck as Hayley Cashier knocked down her second trey of the night to extend the lead to 53-48.
Liesl Davenport hit free throws to pull HU within three but Hannah Lengel’s long bomb with 30 seconds remaining and the shot clock winding down proved to be the final dagger as the Lancers cruised to the win.
Kelsey Green scored 12 second half points to finish with a team-high 14 points. Speed tossed in 13 and Lauren Meese took top rebounding honors for the Foresters with eight. Danielle Boykin paced a balanced Lancer attack with 15 points and ten boards for the double double. Lengel and Cashier finished with 14 and 12 points respectively.
Huntington (4-4, 1-2) hits the road again on Tuesday when they travel to South Bend for a nonconference face-off with IUSB at 7:00 p.m.