The Huntington University women's basketball team recorded a comfortable 69-38 road victory over cold-shooting Bethel on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The Pilots converted only 13 of 62 field goals for a meager 21 percent, the lowest offensive output by a Forester opponent this season. Coach Lori Culler's squad didn't burn the nets either, shooting 22 for 56 for 39.9 percent, but it was more than enough to sweep Bethel for the season and move to 20-6 overall,12-3 in the Crossroads League.
Miranda Palmer led all scorers with 21 points, reaching double figures off the bench for the sixth-straight game. The freshman was deadly from beyond the arc, knocking down five triples on the way to a 7 for 14 showing from the field.
Huntington led from the opening whistle and never looked back. When Bethel trimmed Huntington's lead to eight, 20-12, with a trey by Rachel Jennings at 6:14 in the first half, the Foresters responded with a 7-0 scoring spurt, sparked by junior Courtney Baker and sustained by two buckets and a pair of free throws from sophomore Amelia Recker to make things 27-12 with a little over five minutes until intermission, which saw the visitors up 34-19.
Jennings, the lone Pilot to crack double digits with 12 points, cut into Huntington's lead again in the second stanza, shrinking a 16-point deficit back down to eight once more, 40-32, with 13:49 to go. But just as they had before, the Foresters countered immediately, knocking down 14 points to only two for the hosts to open up a 54-34 lead by 8:57.
Baker scored six points during the stretch to finish with 12 for the game and Huntington enjoyed a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the contest, which resulted in Bethel's ninth Crossroads loss against six wins and 16th defeat overall to 11 victories.
Recker finished with 11 points, hitting 5 of 7 freebies to highlight the Foresters' 15 for 17 showing at the stripe for 88.2 percent.
The Pilots ended up 5 for 9 at the line for 55.6 percent.
Baker doled out a game-best six assists while Jaclene Bonnema ripped down 11 boards to tie for the contest-high with Bethel's Angelique Moore and give Huntington a 45-41 advantage on the glass.