Speed's second-half heroics lead Foresters past Indiana Tech

Pazia Speed.
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Pazia Speed scored all 18 of her points in the second half to lead the Huntington University women's basketball team from a halftime tie to a 66-55 win over host Indiana Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

After going 0 for 5 in the first half, Speed hit 4 of 6 field goal tries in the second half - including both of her 3-point tries - and all eight of her free throw chances as Huntington turned a 24-24 deadlock into its fourth win of the season without a loss.

After Amelia Echemann gave Huntington the lead for good at 44-43 with 11:38 left to play, Speed hit a 3-pointer to up the margin to 4. When the hosts cut the HU lead to one at 49-48, Speed made a pair of freebies at the 9:32 mark, and the senior added four more free throws and a field goal down the stretch.

Sarah Miller-Jennings and Amelia Recker scored 13 points apiece and Taylor Foley added eight to go with as many rebounds for the Foresters. Lauren Meese was the Foresters' assists leader, with six, and Speed and Recker notched four apiece. For the contest, the Foresters piled up 21 assists on their 24 hoops.

Rachel Kruse was the lone scorer in double figures for Indiana Tech, tallying 12 points.
The teams tied in field goal percentage for the game, at 42.9 percent, but the Foresters' second-half surge of 15 of 28, 53.6 percent, trumped Tech's second half of 12 of 29, 41.4 percent.

HU hit 24 of 56 from the field for the game, and Tech was 21 of 49.

Recker added seven rebounds to the HU cause, helping the Foresters to a 38-32 boards advantage.