Forester women let 13-point second half lead slip away, lose to Saint Francis

The Huntington University women's basketball team let a 13-point second half lead slip away and wound up a 71-65 loser to host Saint Francis on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

In what was a battle for second place in the Mid-Central Conference, the Foresters held a 51-38 advantage with 11:55 left in the game before Bessie Jenkins sparked a 15-4 Cougar run with eight points to bring USF to within two points with just under seven minutes left. After Angie Roy of Saint Francis and Jenna Donaldson of HU traded threes, Kayla Mullins of USF hit a 3-pointer and then got a steal and basket to give Saint Francis a 68-65 lead with just over 30 seconds left in the contest. The Cougars then hit 3 of 4 free throws in the finals seconds to improve their conference mark to 12-3 while making the Foresters 10-5 in the MCC.

Donaldson led the way for the Foresters, now 19-overall, with 20 points and six rebounds. Sarah Miller took 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Donaldson started the fire for HU, scoring eight of Huntington's 12 points in the opening minutes of the game to give the Foresters a 12-2 lead. HU continued to pummel Saint Francis for the first 10 minutes of the half and held a 25-9 lead at the 10:37 mark. Saint Francis then went on a 20-11 run to cut the Forester lead to 36-29 at halftime.

Jenkins was the workhorse for the Saint Francis offense, scoring 33 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Mullins had 13 points and Julie Seiss added 10 points.

Ryleigh Carr aided the Forester attack with four assists, and Lauren Meese added three.

Meese and Miller each had four steals on the defensive end of the court.

The Foresters went 24 for 55 from field goal range and 6 for 14 from behind the arc, trumping the Cougars' 20 of 51 two-pointers and 5 of 15 threes. Yet, HU was crushed by the hosts at the foul line, only connecting on 11 of 23 shots to USF's 26 of 31.

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
C. Beerbower 3-6 0-0 3-5 9 4 0 5
R. Carr 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 1
J. Donaldson 8-13 3-4 1-1 20 6 1 5
L. Meese 3-6 2-5 0-0 8 3 3 1
S. Miller 5-12 1-3 7-9 18 8 2 3
B. Bateman 2-6 0-2 0-1 4 4 1 1
K. Green 2-6 0-0 0-6 4 3 0 2
B. Kuiper 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1
Team 8
Totals 24-55 6-14 11-23 65 38 11 19
University of Saint Francis
B. Jenkins 8-17 3-5 14-15 33 8 0 1
C. Joseph 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 4
K. Mullins 4-9 1-5 4-4 13 1 0 1
M. Prible 1-4 0-1 0-0 2 1 0 3
J. Seiss 2-8 0-0 6-6 10 1 5 1
C. Ridley 3-5 0-0 0-0 6 7 0 3
A. Roy 1-2 1-2 0-0 3 2 0 4
S. Shepherd 0-2 0-2 1-2 1 1 2 1
B. Woods 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 7 1 1
Team 6
Totals 20-51 5-15 26-31 71 36 8 19