HU women drop close game to Marian

Huntington University guard Pazia Speed (22) drains a three-pointer from the baseline, during the team’s game against Marian on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Platt Arena. HU dropped a nail-biter to the Lady Knights 64-60. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A late surge by visiting Marian University sent the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 64-60 loss on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The Knights built small leads throughout the game's first half only to see them chipped away by the Foresters and entered halftime with only a 30-24 lead.

Huntington made its move at 13:51 in the second half with a pair of Sarah Miller-Jennings free throws that knotted things up at 42-42. Miller-Jennings kept things rolling with a bucket and Taylor Foley got a basket off an assist by Amelia Recker to sustain the team's momentum. Miller-Jennings got two more at the charity stripe and Allison Greene scored before turning around to help Recker do the same, completing an 11-2 run that gave the Foresters a 52-44 lead at the 7:45 mark.

Marian, however, responded with a 15-1 run of its own that furnished it with a 59-53 advantage with 50 seconds left that would stand up.

Miller-Jennings led Huntington, 13-9, 5-6 in Crossroads League play, with 21 points. Pazia Speed supplied 17 to the Foresters' cause and Taylor Foley added eight.

Lakan Hasser-Smith paced the Knights with 15, while Rachel Turk and Faith Reece each contributed 10. Marian got plenty of help from its bench, which outscored Huntington's 21-8.

The Knights' 21 for 46 shooting performance for 45.7 percent bested the Foresters' 21 for 54 showing for 38.9 percent. The visitors rarely missed from the free throw line, where they made 81 percent of their tries on 17 for 21 shooting.