Recker, Speed lead HU to first game win in HU hoop tourney


Huntington University sophomore Amelia Recker goes hard to the hoop against a Wilberforce University defender on Friday night, Nov. 15, at Platt Arena. Photo by Steve Clark.

Amelia Recker and Pazia Speed combined for 33 points and keyed an early second half spurt that changed control of the game as the Huntington University women's basketball team defeated visiting Wilberforce University, 63-52, in the first game of its own tournament on Friday, Nov. 15.

Recker, a sophomore, scored 17 points, and Speed, a senior, popped in 16 to advance the Foresters to the championship game of the tournament and even their record at 2-2 on the season.

The pair scored eight points in a 10-0 run early in the second half that took the game from a 32-29 Wilberforce lead to a 39-32 Huntington advantage, and the Forester never trailed again.

Wilberforce,. 0-7, took a 26-25 lead into the locker room at halftime and took the 32-29 lead when Kendra Moss hit a bucket at the 16:57 mark of the second half. Recker and Speed then clicked for back-to-back baskets to give Huntington a 33-32 lead, then the duo did the same thing a minute later to expand the margin to 37-32. Amelia Echemann finished the run with a fielder.

Dominique Fisher of Wilberforce led all scorers with 20 points, but the only other double figure scorer for the visitors was DayShaNay Corley with 10 points, while Huntington had four scorers in double figures as Kelsey Hubble and Courtney Baker supplied 10 points apiece for the home team.

The Foresters hit 27 of 65 field goal tries for 41.5 percent for the game, coming on in the second half with a 15 of 31 effort for 48.4 percent. They also helped themselves by hitting all nine free throws they took.

The Bulldogs hit 18 of 49 from the field for 36.7 percent, and 11 of 17 from the free-throw line for 64.7 percent.

Recker led the Foresters on the boards with 11 rebounds, but as a team Huntington got beaten 39-32.