Huntington, Ind. - In a battle with their neighbors to the North, the Forester women’s basketball team (3-1) dropped a 66-63 decision to the Warriors of Indiana Tech in first round action of the Huntington University Classic on Friday.
The difference of the game came behind the arc where the Warriors, who are averaging just over four threes per contest, doubled their output by knocking down nine treys on 45.0% shooting to outscore HU 27-9 from the 3-point line.
After spotting the Warriors seven points to start the contest, the Foresters responded with their own 11-0 scoring blitz to push ahead 11-7 at the 15:57 mark. The Foresters jumped ahead by as many as ten points and held onto the lead for the next 15 minutes but the final 60 seconds saw a shift in momentum as the Warriors took advantage of three missed layups by the home team to sneak ahead 36-35 by the halftime buzzer.
Pazia Speed scored HU’s first six points of the second period to tie things up at 41-41 with just over 16 minutes remaining as HU went on to score the next five points to build their lead to 46-41. Just when it looked like Tech’s offense was sputtering, Simone Russell found nothing but the bottom of the net on back-to-back possessions with the shot clock winding down to give the Warriors new life.
The next five minutes was an all-out battle that included four lead changes and four ties. With the score knotted at 59-59 with four minutes remaining, Tech’s leading scorer Yasmine Coleman took control of the game by scoring the next four points to give the Warriors a lead that would stick. The Foresters closed to within two on a Kelsey Green put-back with just over two minutes remaining but another long range bomb by Russell as the shot clock expired proved to the final dagger as the Warriors held on for the win.
Speed led all scorers with 21 points. Green was the only other Forester in double digits with 13. She also pulled down a game-high 12 boards for the double double. Lauren Meese tossed in nine points and dished out a team-high six assists. Coleman led the Warriors with 17 points. Latoya Noble finished with a double double of 15 points and ten assists. Simone also finished in double digits with 14 while Lakeisha Noethtich grabbed a team-high five rebounds for Tech.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Foresters tomorrow as they face 8th-ranked Concordia University (6-0) at 3:00 p.m. on day two of the HU Classic.