First half deficit too big for HU women to climb out of

An 18-point first-half deficit was too much to dig out of for the Huntington University women's basketball team in a 77-70 loss to ninth-ranked St. Xavier University on Friday, night, Nov. 22, at the Holiday Inn Express Classic host by Olivet Nazarene University.

The Foresters, 4-3, gave up 15 points on 14 turnovers in the opening half, too deep a hole for even a perfect 24 of 24 free throw effort in the second half to overcome.

The Foresters had four players in double figures, led by Courtney Baker with 16 points and Amelia Recker with 14. Kelsey Hubble added 12 points and Pazia Speed tallied 11.

Not only did HU make a living at the stripe in the second half, it went 29 of 31 for the game for 93.5 percent. This went along with a 19 of 46, 41.3 percent effort from the floor for the contest.

Niara Harris pumped in 18 points, Morgan Stuut had 15 and Suzie Broski had 14 for St. Xavier, 5-3 on the season.

St. Xavier shot 29 of 61 from the field for the game for 47.5 percent, and 13 of 20 at the foul stripe for 65 percent.

Ricker's six rebounds was the best for Huntington as it lost the battle of the boards, 35-29.