Davenport's assists help HU hold off IWU in MCC semifinal

Lauren Davenport
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Two late assists by Lauren Davenport helped the Huntington University women's basketball team escape visiting Indiana Wesleyan, 67-64, on Friday, Feb. 27, in semifinal action in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament.

HU, 23-6 and the tourney second seed, will host fourth seed Taylor on Monday, March 2, in the MCC championship contest.

Taylor upset top seed Bethel to earn its berth in the championship contest.

Davenport dished to Courtney Beerbower for a layup and a 61-59 HU lead with two minutes to play in the contest, then fed Sarah Miller on the wing for a 3-pointer to put HU up 64-59 with 1:03 left.

After HU hit three free throws and Wesleyan two, IWU hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final score.

Miller finished with 15 points to lead HU. Kelsey Green scored 13 points and Beerbower and Jenna Donaldson had 10 points each. Brittney Bateman and Davenport each tallied nine, and Davenport added six assists.

HU held a 22-8 with 6:13 left in the opening half after holding the Lady Wildcats to just two points over a 10-minute span. However, when Donaldson joined two other HU starters on the bench due to foul trouble with 4:17 left in the half, IWU got rolling and cut the deficit to 28-22 by halftime.

IWU came out of the locker room hot and eventually took a 35-33 lead before the teams traded the advantage back and forth 10 times over the next 13 minutes.

The Lady Wildcats' Rachel Steinbarger led all scorers with 19 points. LeAnn Douglas added 14 points, Elaine Hessel had 12 and Andrea Fichter had 10.

HU shot 24 of 47 from the floor for 51.1 percent. Good ball movement was key to that, as Ryleigh Carr added five assists and Donaldson and Miller each had three.

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
Lauren Davenport 4-12 0-0 1-2 9 1 6 4
Sarah Miller 5-10 2-4 3-4 15 4 3 2
Jenna Donaldson 3-5 0-1 4-4 10 5 3 2
Brittney Bateman 3-3 0-0 3-4 9 4 0 3
Courtney Beerbower 4-7 0-0 2-3 10 4 0 3
Ryleigh Carr 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 5 2
Kelsey Green 5-7 0-0 3-5 13 5 0 3
Brita Kuiper 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2
Team 1
Totals 24-27 2-5 17-24 67 28 18 21
Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
LeAnn Douglas 4-8 0-0 6-7 14 6 3 5
Andrea Fitcher 2-8 2-6 4-6 10 2 2 3
Elaine Hessel 5-10 0-1 2-3 12 3 1 4
Rachel Steinbarger 6-7 3-4 4-7 19 8 2 1
Kayla Thompson 2-9 1-5 2-4 7 4 2 4
Ashley Brooks 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0
Stephanie Burtch 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Krystal Stoneking 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 5 0 2
Team 2
Totals 20-45 6-17 18-27 64 31 10 19