HU women capitalize on miscues to down Taylor

The Huntington University women's basketball team capitalized on miscues by host Taylor to outlast the Trojans, 59-50, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

With Taylor in position to record an upset of the No. 20 Foresters after Kelsey Bryant cut their lead down to one, 40-39, with a pair of free throws at the 8:55 mark in the second half, Coach Lori Culler's squad proceeded to outscore the hosts 17-5 over the next six and half minutes, getting 11 of those points off turnovers on the way to finishing with 21 for the game.

The offensive fireworks expanded Huntington's lead to 57-44 with 2:24 remaining and helped it go on to record its 22nd against seven losses and 14th in the Crossroads League versus only four defeats.

Freshman Miranda Palmer scored five points for the Foresters during that stretch to finish with a team-best 14.

Amelia Recker scored seven of her 13 points in the opening stanza, sparking the run that helped Huntington take it first big lead of the game. With the Foresters up by only two, 7-5, almost five and a half minutes into the game, the sophomore got a basket and a free throw to instigate a 10-0 scoring spurt that Palmer capped with a trey to give Huntington a 17-5 lead at 11:37.

The Foresters enjoyed a 25-12 advantage with 5:33 remaining until halftime, but Taylor proved it was there to play, as Shayna Wood and Bryant combined for 10 points and a basket by Monica Compton at the buzzer put the exclamation point on a 12-0 Trojan points binge to end the half and deflate Huntington's cushion to just one point, 25-24.

Taylor kept up its strong play in the second half, leading by three points on two separate occasions before squandering its chance to top the Foresters with its late turnovers.

Senior Pazia Speed contributed 12 points to Huntington's offensive effort while juniors Courtney Baker and Amelia Echemann added nine apiece as the Foresters finished shooting 21 of 49 from the field for 42.9 percent and 14 of 48 from the stripe for 77.8 percent.

Bryant led all scorers with 17 points, but was the only Trojan to crack double figures as Taylor shot just 31.6 percent for the game on an 18 of 57 performance. The hosts compounded their shooting woes by going 2 of 14 for 14.3 percent from beyond the arc, but shot respectably from the line, hitting 12 of 15 for 80 percent.

Recker pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the season, but Huntington was beaten on the glass, 41-29.

Recker also led the team in assists with four.