Playing in the friendly confines of the Merillat Complex for the first time this season didn't prove to be too friendly as the HU women's basketball
team (4-1) suffered a 54-50 loss at the hands of Judson University (1-4) in the first night of the Northview Inn and Suites Classic.
Some nights you just can't buy a basket and tonight was one of those nights for the Foresters. The first eleven minutes belonged to the Eagles as they held an 18-8 advantage. HU finally came to life when Lauren Meese hit a layup to spur a 15-0 run that gave Huntington the 23-18 lead with just over three minutes left in the half. The Foresters headed into the locker room with a two-point lead, 27-25.
The second half started with a flurry as Taylor Foley scored six of the Foresters' 12 points to give HU a 39-28 advantage at the 15:33 mark. But then the wheels came off for the Foresters as they went the next eight minutes without scoring. The Eagles took full advantage of HU's scoring drought to go up 42-39 with seven minutes left on the clock. Behind Foley's six points the Foresters battled back to knot the score at 47-47 with just under five minutes to play.
Judson didn't panic as they scored the next six points to go back on top by as much with just over three minutes left. The Foresters weren't quite ready to throw in the towel. With 1:18 to go, Kelsey Green laid one in to pull within three, 53-50. After holding the Eagles scoreless, the Foresters had several chances to tie things up but a turnover and two missed three attempts squelched any hope of a come-from-behind victory as Judson held on for the 54-50 win.
Foley was the lone Forester to reach double digits. She finished with a career high 23 points. Green grabbed a career best 17 boards, eight of which were on the offensive end. Kim Peek led the Eagles with 12 points.
While the Foresters outrebounded the Eagles 47-38 and committed only 13 turnovers to the Eagles' 16, shooting was the difference in the game as HU only managed to hit 29.2 percent for the night.
The Foresters are back in action tomorrow when they host Trinity Christian College at 3:00 p.m.