Forester women capitalize on Mount Vernon meltdown

Pazia Speed.
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The Huntington University women's basketball team capitalized on a second half collapse by host Mount Vernon Nazarene to turn a close contest into a 72-50 pasting on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The hosts led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but hit only three field goals in the final 17 minutes of the game and HU took advantage to improved to 17-6, 9-3 in the Crossroads League.

HU, whilch got 21 points and eight asissts from senior Pazia Speed, ended the game on a 31-9 tear after Amy Daniels of MVNU had knotted things at 41 with 16:59 left in the contest.

The Foresters trailed the Cougars throughout the opening stanza and were in a 10-point hole at 35-25 with 2:31 remaining until halftime before a trey by Speed sparked a 10-0 Huntington run. Junior Amelia Echemann sustained the offensive drive with a layup before a free throw by Speed and a three-pointer courtesy of freshman Miranda Palmer closed the Foresters to within a point, 35-34, with 46 ticks left.

A three-ball by Mount Vernon pushed its lead back to 37-34 by halftime, but the Foresters made that up early in the second frame and led 41-39 before Daniels' layup tied things at 41.

Speed had plenty of help on offense as four HU players reached double figures. Palmer supplied 18 points from the bench and sophomores Kelsey Hubble and Amelia Recker tossed in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

For the game, Huntington shot 29 for 58 for 50 percent and 6 for 9 from the stripe for 66.7 percent. The Cougars finished shooting 18 for 52 for 34.6 percent and 11 for 14 from the line for 78.6 percent. Their totals included 5 of 24, 20-8 percent, from the field in the second half.

Daniels netted 18 points for Mount Vernon, which falls to 3-18, 2-10 in league play.

Sophomore Jaclene Bonnema tied for the game-high in rebounds, with eight, but the Foresters were edged on the glass, 34-33.