HU hoop women up shooting to take own tournament title

The Huntington University women's basketball team upped its shooting percentage nearly 30 points in the second half of the championship game of its own tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16, versus Rochester College, giving it the win, 64-49.

The Foresters, 2-2, defeated Wilberforce, 63-52, in semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15, to set up the championship bout with the Warriors, 4-5, who outlasted Judson University in three overtimes, 84-76, earlier that night.

In the championship game, it was a tale of two halves for Huntington. The Foresters shot 31.8 percent in the game's opening frame and trailed Rochester at halftime, 26-23. The second half, however, turned into a shooting clinic for Coach Lori Culler's squad, which sank 14 of 23 shots for a clip of 60.9 percent.

The key stretch for Huntington came at 6:56 when Rochester's Ke'ala Ka'aikala swished a three to trim the Foresters' lead to 50-45. From that point forward, it was all Huntington, as the home team went on 14-4 run to end the game.

Courtney Baker's seven points for the contest all came during Huntington's scoring spree. Amelia Recker supplemented Baker's effort with three of her game-high 20 points, Pazia Speed netted two of her 15 and Kelsey Hubble tossed in a pair of free throws to bring her scoring total to eight.

Ka'aikala paced the Warriors with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Recker led the Foresters on the boards with eight and Huntington edged the visitors in the category 35-29 overall.

For the game, the Foresters made 21 of 45 shots for 46.7 percent and hit 18 of 24 free throws for 75 percent.

On the other side, Rochester connected on 19 of 55 attempts for a mark of 34.5 percent and netted four of six from the line for 66.7 percent.