Speed's late burst leads HU women past Taylor

Huntington University forward Amellia Recker shoots over the Taylor defense in the Foresters' 70-65 win on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Platt Arena. Photo by Steve Clark.

Pazia Speed broke a 59-59 tie with a basket and three-point play to lead the Huntington University women's basketball team past visiting Taylor University, 70-65, on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Speed took a Taylor Foley assist to the hoop off a Taylor turnover to put HU, 13-6, 5-3 in Crossroads League play, back on top at 61-59 with 3:01 left in the contest. Slightly more than a minute later, the 5-7 junior intercepted a cross court pass, went in for the score and hit the ensuing free throw after being fouled on the play to give HU a 64-59 lead.

The Foresters hit six straight free throws to ice the contest.

Sarah Miller-Jennings led HU with 24 points, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers and all eight of her free throws. Speed finished with 17 points on 7 of 10 field goal shooting, and Amelia Recker added 16.

Erin Guarneri paced Taylor with 16 points, followed by Kelsey Bryant's 13 and Shayna Wood's 12.

Taylor, 13-7, 2-6 in Crossroads League play, held a 34-25 lead after the first half of play as the Foresters hit only 9 of 30 shots from the field for 30 percent. In the second half, however, the Foresters cranked up their marksmanship by hitting 15 of 27 shots for 55.6 percent, and finally forged a tie at 45-all with 11:29 on a Recker bucket.

HU wound up hitting 24 of 57 shots from the field for 42.1 percent, and nailed 15 of 17 free throw tries for 85 percent. Taylor hit 22 of 49 shots for 44.9 percent and 17 of 21 free throws for 81 percent.

Lauren Meese added four assists and four steals along with seven points to the HU cause. Foley added six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Speed also had three steals.

Recker led HU on the boards with eighth rebounds.