Aquinas' late run stops HU women in hoop opener

Amelia Recker (middle) puts up a shot under the hoop for the Huntington University women’s basketball team in the first half of its season-opening game against visiting Aquinas College on Saturday, Nov. 2. Photo by Steve Clark.

A late run by visiting Aquinas College sunk the Huntington University women's basketball team in its season-opener, 64-48.

A close first half that saw the Foresters trail the Saints just 27-23 gave way to an equally tight second half in which Huntington played Aquinas to three ties.

However, with a tick over five minutes left in the game and the Foresters breathing down the Saints' necks after two Amelia Recker free throws narrowed Aquinas' lead to 44-40, the visitors went on a 20-8 run to end the game.

Danielle Lollo and Jenna Brower combined to score over half the Saints' points doing the scoring spree, netting six and five, respectively. Lollo finished the game with 11 points and Brower ended up with seven.

The contest's leading scorers, Taelor Sanders and Brooklynne Lane, each made a bucket during the run to settle up their scoring totals at 17 and 16, respectively.

Pazia Speed, Kelsey Hubble and Amelia Recker netted 11 points apiece for Huntington. The trio did so, however, on just 11 of 34 shooting.

Amelia Echemann's 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting was the exception to the rule for the Foresters as they made only 17 of 50 attempts for the game 34 percent. The Saints bettered that number by sinking 27 of 58 tries for the game for 46.6 percent.

Echemann also had eight rebounds off the bnech to lead HU on the boards, and Speed had a game-high six assists.

Aquinas' Allison Heberlein notched the game-high in rebounds with 14.