Camaranne Myles hit a shot with 1.7 seconds left to help host Mount Vernon Nazarene edge the Huntington University women's basketball team after a late HU comeback attempt, 63-61, on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The Foresters, 9-6, trailed the Cougars by 10 ponts with 5:06 remaining before Amelia Recker nailed a jumper to spark a run. Pazia Speed followed with a jumper and Recker sustained the series with a layup and another jumper. A pair of clutch free throws by Taylor Foley knotted things up, 59-59, bringing the game to its seventh tie.
Melissa Eickholt responded on the next possession with two for Mount Vernon Nazarene, although things were tied up once again, 61-61, when Speed hit a jumper with 14 seconds remaining.
Following Myles' heroics, Sarah Miller-Jennings couldn't conjure up any of her own, missing a three with a tick left on the clock.
Recker paced Huntington with 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting and a 5 for 6 performance at the free-throw line. Speed poured in 14 points while Miller-Jennings came up with nine points and as many rebounds for a game-high and Foley tossed in eight points, sinking all six of her shots from the charity stripe.
Myles led the Cougars with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting, making 3 of 5 tries from 3-point land and converting both of her free throws attempts. Amy Daniels added 16 points and Eickholt had 12.
Mount Vernon Nazarene had the upper hand in field goal percentage, 43.1 to Huntington's 38.5, with the Cougars hitting 22 of 50 shots to the Foresters' 20 of 52 output. Huntington bested the hosts in free throw shooting, sinking 18 of 24 shots for 75 percent to Mount Vernon Nazarene's 11 for 20 effort for 55 percent. The Cougars, howver, enjoyed a wide advantage from beyond the arc, making 8 of 16 shots for an even 50 percent compared to the Foresters' 3 for 13 effort for 23.1 percent.
Foley added three assists to the Foresters cause and Lauren Meese chipped in with four steals.