HU women start strong, but lose to Bethel

The Huntington University women's basketball team slowed down after a fast start against visiting Bethel College on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and suffered a 63-55 defeat.

The Foresters, 13-7, 5-4, jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first nine minutes of the game only to have Bethel respond with a 15-3 to give it a 21-10 lead five minutes before halftime. The Pilots, 17-4, 7-2, went into the half with a 31-28 lead and were able to hang on for the win.

Amelia Recker got things started for the Foresters, taking to the hoop and scoring the game's first points. Sarah Miller-Jennings netted a second-chance basket and Pazia Speed helped Recker score two more before tossing in four of her own to sustain Huntington's momentum.

The team's next seven points came courtesy of Lauren Meese, who sank a freebie and two attempts from three-point land to give the Foresters a 17-6 advantage with 11:06 to go in the first half.

Bethel, however, responded with a 15-3 run that gave it a 21-20 lead a little over five minutes before halftime. The Lady Pilots took a 31-28 lead into the break and never looked back, leading the rest of the contest.

Recker recorded a double-double for Huntington, 13-7, putting up 16 points and pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Speed added 14 points, four assists and five steals to the team's effort while Miller-Jennings supplied 11 points and Meese contributed 10.

Laura Johnson paced Bethel with 18 points, including hitting four threes beyond the arc. Ashlee Ort scored 14 for the Lady Pilots and Katy Stuppy chipped in 10.

Bethel outshot Huntington for the game, 47.9 percent to 34.5, on 23 of 48 shooting versus the Foresters' 19 for 55 showing. The Lady Pilots made 60 percent of their shots in the second half on 12 for 20 shooting, which kept Huntington at a distance. The Foresters didn't help their cause, making only 8 of 28 shots for a shooting percentage of 28.6.