It was opening night at the Merillat Complex for the Huntington University Foresters (1-0) and they came away with a 70-53 win over Cornerstone University (0-1).
In an obvious case of first-game jitters, it took the Foresters nearly five minutes to score their first field goal. Once they settled down, they were able to capitalize on several Golden Eagle turnovers and missed shots to take a 20-12 lead halfway through the first half that would never be relinquished. Despite several starters in foul trouble, HU was able to take a 38-28 lead into the locker room.
The second half started much the same as the first with the Foresters getting off to a slow start. Cornerstone cut the lead to five on an offensive put back at the 15:46 mark. The Foresters came back with a 7-2 spurt to push their advantage to 11 at 50-39 with just under twelve minutes to play. The Golden Eagles put together one more run to pull within six but a long trey by Sarah Miller gave the Foresters the momentum they needed to go on a 23-9 run to close out the game.
The Foresters put three in double figures with Kelsey Green leading the way with 18 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Sarah Miller chipped in 13 points. After being plagued with first half foul trouble Courtney Beerbower had a great second half to finish with 12 points. Robyn Veltkamp led Cornerstone with 15 while her twin sister Melissa Veltkamp tossed in 12. The Foresters recorded only 8 turnovers while forcing the Golden Eagles into 23 miscues.