UPLAND, Ind. – Behind Allison Greene’s 13-point second half performance, the Forester women’s basketball team (13-5, 5-3) came alive in the final twenty minutes to steal a 59-47 road win over the Trojans of Taylor University Saturday afternoon.
Greene finished with a game-high 17 points and a career best five assists to pace HU offensively. Kelsey Green also came up big for HU by scoring 15 points and just as many boards for the double double. In addition to directing HU’s offense, Lauren Meese added 14 points, 12 of which came behind the arc, and snagged a game-high five steals.
The Trojans stormed out of the gates by scoring on their first four possessions thanks to the hot hand of Erin Guarneri who scored six points within the first three minutes of play to give Taylor the early 8-2 lead. HU was quick to adjust defensively by settling into a 2-3 zone and their strategy paid off as the Trojan’s offense slowly took a nose-dive. Despite finishing the half 8-for-25 for 32 percent, the Trojans still managed to hold a 29-22 advantage at halftime.
It was déjà vu to start the second period as Taylor scored two quick buckets to extend the lead to 34-24 inside the first minute of play but it was all HU after that as they reeled off 19 straight points behind Greene’s 10 points which included a pair of threes, to turn the Foresters’ ten-point deficit into a nine-point advantage at 43-34 with just under 13 minutes remaining.
A stunned Trojan squad was able to trim the lead back to four on two different occasions but they never quite recovered as the Foresters held Taylor’s offensive in check by only allowing eight field goals on 26.7% shooting and forcing 11 Trojan miscues in the final twenty minutes. Meanwhile HU made good on 48.3% of their second half attempts (14-for-29) which included a 10-0 run in the final three minutes to run away with the game.
Taylor, who leads the MCC in offensive rebounds per game, got a taste of their own medicine as both teams finished with 16 offensive boards. The Foresters also owned a 17-8 advantage in steals against a Taylor team that ranks 8th in NAIA Division II for total steals.
HU also made sure to keep the NAIA Division II top-ranked free throw shooting team off the line by limiting Taylor to just five attempts on the day. The Trojans entered the contest shooting 78.7% from the charity stripe as a team to claim the No. 1 spot in the nation while the Foresters slide in at No. 3 nationally at 76.9%.
The Trojans were led by Erika Redweik’s 15 points. Guarneri finished with ten points and a team-high ten rebounds while Shayna Woods chipped in another ten points to round out Taylor’s double digit scoring.
With this win, the Foresters move into a three-way tie for third place in league play. They travel to 8th-ranked Bethel College on Wednesday to wrap-up first round action of MCC play and a shot at snagging a share of second place.