Poor first half costs HU women against IWU in tourney

The fifth-seeded Huntington University women's basketball team couldn't recover from a poor first half against host Indiana Wesleyan and fell to the top-seeded Wildcats, 64-53, in the second round of the Crossroads League women's basketball tournament on Friday, Feb. 22.

The Foresters, 18-13, made only 4 of 20 shots for 20 percent and turned the ball over 13 times during the game's first frame, finding themselves down 27-14 at the break. They picked it up in the second half, raising their shooting percentage to 50 percent off a 12 of 24 performance, but the Wildcats, who posted steady shooting numbers of 46.4 and 47.8 percent in the game's first and second halves, respectively, did enough to come away with the win.

Three players scored in double figures for Huntington, with Sarah Miller-Jennings tallying 15 points and Amelia Recker and Allison Greene each adding 12.

Taylor Foley paired eight points with a game-high nine rebounds for the Foresters. Recker collected six boards.

Paige Smith and Katrina Blackmon scored 22 and 19 points, respectively, on a combined 16 for 25 effort for Indiana Wesleyan, 30-2.

Lauren Meese led HU in assists with three.

The Wildcats will play at home against second seed Saint Francis on Monday, Feb. 25, for the tournament championship.