Big second half lifts HU past Tech 79-65
Recker has career night with 28 points and 13 rebounds
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Behind Amelia Recker’s 18 second half points, the Forester women’s basketball team scored 53 points in the final twenty minutes to run away from Indiana Tech 79-65 Tuesday evening at Platt Arena.
With this win, the Forester improve to 4-2 while the Warriors drop to 4-3.
It was a banner night for Recker as she finished with career-highs of 28 points and 13 boards for her third consecutive double double. She was nearly unstoppable down low as she scored eight field goals in the paint and ripped down seven offensive rebounds to go along with cashing in on 12 of her 14 free tosses.
Pazia Speed and Courtney Baker also posted some notable stats. Speed poured in 22 points and dished out a team-high five assists while Baker finished with a season-high 14 points, three assists and three steals.
The Forester are earning a reputation for being a second half team and tonight was no different as they struggled through the opening stanza to find themselves down 27-26 before eventually coming to life in the second half to take control of the contest.
Coach Culler’s squad more than doubled their offensive output in the final twenty minutes. They went from shooting 38.7 percent in the first half to connecting on 57.1 percent of their attempts in the final twenty minutes. It was also night and day at the free throw line where they only got to the stripe four times in the first period compared to going 20-for-23 after the break.
What’s even more impressive about HU’s second half performance was that after going 4-for-9 from the field through the first seven minutes of the period, Huntington missed only seven field goals the rest of the way to climb out of a nine-point deficit on their way to outscoring the Warriors 43-20 in the final 13 minutes.
Recker started the turnaround when she knocked down two freebies at the 12:58 mark. She went on to score eight of HU’s next 13 points to give her team a permanent lead of 51-49 with just over eight minutes remaining. The other five points of the Foresters’ 13-4 run came by way of Recker’s fellow Buckeye, Miranda Palmer, who connected on a 15-footer and long ball.
Speed picked up where Recker left off, scoring the next eight points to help HU grow the lead to 15 by the 3:09 mark before settling for the 14-point win.
Indiana Tech entered the contest averaging over 82 points per contest but fell well short of their average thanks to HU’s aggressive and ever-changing defense. The Warriors shot 43.5 percent for the game, got to the line only nine times and coughed up the ball 17 times.
HU, on the other hand, shot 47.5 percent from the field, connected on 21 of their 27 charity tosses and committed only nine turnovers.
Chelsea Carradine scored a team-best 24 points and ripped down a game-high 15 rebounds for Tech. Rachael Kruse and Sabine Filippovica added 12 and 11 points respectively.
HU hits the road this weekend to play in the Olivet Nazarene University Classic where they will tip-off with St. Xavier University in the opening game on Friday.