Huntington, Ind. - In first round action of the MCC tournament, it was the 4th-seeded Foresters who extended their season with a 65-53 win over the 5th-seeded Pilots of Bethel College (17-14) on Tuesday night at the Merillat Complex.
It was sloppy start for the Foresters as they racked up almost as many turnovers (8) as points (9) in the first ten minutes. Down by eight, Lauren Meese and Sarah Miller each knocked down a long ball to spark a 13-4 run that gave the Foresters a 22-21 lead with five minutes left in the half. Sarah Clark single-handedly pushed the Pilots back on top 26-25 by scoring five consecutive points and Laura Johnson drained a three to give Bethel the 29-27 halftime advantage.
The second half started much like the first but this time the Foresters committed more turnovers (6) than points (5) and were fortunate to only be down 37-33 with 15 minutes left in the game. The tide finally turned for HU when Brita Kuiper scored back-to-back buckets to spark an 8-0 run that gave the Foresters the lead for good at 41-37.
The lead grew to as many as 11 points before the Pilots trimmed it to seven at 57-50 with just over three minutes remaining but they would get no closer as the Foresters closed out the game with an 8-3 run to claim the 12-point victory.
The Foresters shot 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the second half compared to the Pilots who shot a chilly 22.2 percent (8-for-36) in the final twenty minutes. HU also won the three-point battle by knocking down 7-of-15 for 46.7 percent compared to the Pilots who went 9-for-42 for 21.4 percent.
Sarah Miller paced Huntington with 19 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Other double digits scorers for the Foresters included Kuiper with 14, Meese with 13 and Pazia Speed with 11. Allison Greene finished with a game-high five assists. Heather Seyfred and Mandy Yoder each tossed in 3 points to lead the Pilots. Yoder also hauled in a game-high seven boards. Clark came off the bench to score 11 points.
With this win, the Foresters advance to the semifinals on Friday night where they will travel to #1-seeded Indiana Wesleyan for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Box Score