Defense carries HU women past Marian

Stout defense carried the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 62-55 win over host Marian on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

The Foresters held the Knights to just 32.9 percent shooting from the floor and kicked up the intensity down the stretch as they held the hosts to a single field goal in the final 3:25 to pull away for the win.

Down by one, 53-52, Pazia Speed and Kelsey Hubble teamed up to hit clutch shots for Huntington. Speed converted a three-point play, Hubble knocked down her fourth long ball of the night and Speed got a 15-footer to fall, giving the Foresters a comfortable lead of 60-55 with 1:27 remaining before Courtney Baker knocked down a pair of freebies to ice the game.

A 13-4 run spearheaded by six points from Jaclene Bonnema gave Coach Lori Culler's squad a 31-23 advantage with 54 ticks left in the first stanza before a Marian buzzer-beater tightened things up to 31-26 at the break.

Speed netted a game-high 17 points and dished out six assists. Hubble tossed in another 12 and Baker finished with 11. Bonnema added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, although the Foresters lost the battle of the boards overall, 50-39.

As a team, Huntington shot 41.4 percent from the field on a 24 of 58 effort. The Foresters scored 14 points off 13 Marian miscues while turning the ball over only seven times themselves.

Faith Reece topped the Knights with 16 points. Her only teammate to score in double digits was Claire Holba with 10.

With the win, Huntington improves to 6-3, 1-0 in the Crossroads League, while Marian drops to 3-5, 0-1 in conference play.