Defense, FTs helps HU women notch 20th win

Solid late defense and free throws helped the Huntington University women's basketball team hold on for a 60-46 victory over visiting University of St. Francis on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The 16th-ranked Forester women used eight free throws and held St. Francis to just three points in the final minutes of the game to win their 20th contest of the season, on Senior Night.

Sarah Miller scored 15 points, Courtney Beerbower notched 14 and Jenna Donaldson added 11 for Huntington, now 20-6.

Huntington turned a 36-36 contest midway through the second half into a 48-40 advantage with a 12-4 run, using a Brita Kuiper jumper to spark the run. Unlike their last contest, however, HU this time made the lead stand up as it hit 8 of 13 free throws, and limiting the Cougars' offense.

The HU defense was probably the key to the game as it held the Mid-Central College Conference's top scorer, Marie Kaufman to just eight points, and limited St. Francis to just 34 percent shooting from the field.

Beerbower notched her sixth double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds to her numbers.

Lauren Davenport added to the HU cause with nine points, seven assists and three steals. Miller added five assists.

HU shot 20 of 55 from the field for 36.4 percent, but outscored the Cougars at the free throw line, 18-8.

Jamika Banks had a game-high 18 points to lead St. Francis

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
Lauren Davenport 3-8 0-0 3-5 9 4 7 1
Sarah Miller 4-9 2-5 5-5 15 4 5 2
Jenna Donaldson 5-15 0-3 1-4 11 3 0 4
Brittney Bateman 1-3 0-1 1-3 3 3 0 1
Courtney Beerbower 4-9 0-0 6-6 14 10 0 3
Ryleigh Carr 0-0 0-0 2-2 2 2 0 0
Kelsey Green 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 1
Brita Kuiper 2-4 0-0 0-0 4 3 0 1
Haleigh Osborne 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 0 0
Team 3
Totals 20-55 2-9 18-27 60 37 12 13
St Francis
Vini Dawson 2-11 1-7 1-1 6 2 1 3
Stacia Shepherd 2-9 0-5 1-2 5 3 5 5
Angie Roy 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 1 2
Jamika Banks 5-10 2-4 6-8 18 12 1 4
Marie Kaufmann 4-7 0-0 0-0 8 7 1 2
Molly Getts 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2
Jessica Teubert 3-6 1-2 0-0 7 3 1 2
Nataly Ross 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Chelsea Joseph 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 5 0 3
Kym Bowsher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Team 3
Totals 17-50 4-19 8-11 46 38 11 23