Hot-shooting Forester women blast Grace, 75-52

Huntington University guard Lauren Meese looks for an open teammate in the Foresters' 75-52 beatdown of visiting Grace on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Huntington University guard Lauren Meese looks for an open teammate in the Foresters' 75-52 beatdown of visiting Grace on Saturday, Dec. 1. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women's basketball team hit 58 percent of its shots from the field and all 12 of its free throw tries as it blasted host Grace, 75-52 on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The 22nd-ranked Foresters, 7-2 overall and 2-1 in crossroads League play, used a 14-2 run midway through the first half to turn a 9-8 lead into a 23-10 advantage and never looked back against the Lancers, 7-3.

Taylor Foley led all scorers with 19 points, sinking 7 of 9 shots from the floor and all five of her attempts from the free-throw line.

Pazia Speed also had a keen shooting touch for Huntington, scoring 14 points on shooting numbers from the floor identical to Foley's. Allison Greene matched Speed's point total and Sarah Miller-Jennings and Lauren Meese scored nine and seven points, respectively, to round out the Foresters' offensive effort.

Allison Kauffman was the only Lancer to reach double figures, finishing with 14 points.

Foley hit a couple of buckets to spark HU in its first-half offensive spurt. Miller-Jennings found the former HNHS star for the first two buckets of the spurt, then Greene hit a bucket and two free throws. Greene then turned playmaker and fed Jaclene Bonnema and Speed for baskets to give HU a 23-10 lead.

Huntington improves to 2-1 in Crossroads League play and 7-3 overall.

The Foresters piled up a season-high 24 assists for their 29 buckets, with Miller-Jennings passing out seven, Speed and Meese each having five and Greene contributing four.

Grace hit 20 of 45 shots from the field for 44.4 percent and went 9 of 17 from the free-throw line for 52.9 percent.