HU women beat Taylor to win MCC tournament

Huntington University women's basketball player Ryleigh Carr goes in for two points during the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament championship game against Taylor on Monday, March 3.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Jenna Donaldson hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the game and added four free throws in the waning moments to help the Huntington University women’s basketball team claim the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament crown over visiting Taylor University, 65-60 on Monday, March 2.

Donaldson’s trey with 8:30 to play gave the Forester women, 24-6, the lead for good at 49-47. She then hit four free throws as time wound down to help HU, ranked 16th in the NAIA, hold off the 25th-ranked Taylor women.

Donaldson finished with a game-high 21 points for HU, 19 coming in the second half. Sarah Miller and Courtney Beerbower each netted 12 points.

The game was tied at 25-all after the first half, but Taylor led for much of the second half before Donaldson’s 3-pointer,which sparked a 9-1 HU run. Taylor kept battling back, however, and got the contest back to 59-56 before Lauren Davenport knocked down a jumper to give HU a five-point cushion.

The Forester women hit 24 of 53 shots from the field for 45.3 percent, and helped themselves by nailing 13 of 15 charity stripe tosses. They got out-rebounded, 34-24, but committed only eight turnovers compared to Taylor’s 17.

Ryleigh Carr led Huntington with six rebounds, Davenport was the assist leader with six and both Miller and Carr had four assists. Davenport and Donaldson each had four steals.

Bethany Ballard led Taylor with 19 points.

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
Lauren Davenport 4-8 0-0 0-0 8 5 6 2
Sarah Miller 5-10 2-4 0-0 12 1 4 2
Jenna Donaldson 8-17 1-4 4-4 21 5 2 4
Brittney Bateman 2-6 1-2 0-0 5 0 1 1
Courtney Beerbower 4-9 0-0 4-4 12 4 2 4
Ryleigh Carr 1-2 0-0 5-6 7 6 4 0
Kelsey Green 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 4
Brita Kuiper 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2
Haleigh Osborne 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1
Team 2
Totals 24-53 4-10 13-15 65 24 19 20
Taylor University
Tasha Marshall 2-6 0-0 0-0 4 7 3 0
Nikki Kassebaum 2-8 1-3 0-0 5 7 3 2
Paige Rudolph 1-4 0-1 2-2 4 2 1 4
Bethany Ballard 5-8 0-0 9-12 19 5 5 0
Allison Reece 3-7 0-2 6-6 12 3 3 4
Morgan Achterhoff 1-2 0-1 0-0 2 2 0 1
Nellie Eskew 6-9 0-1 2-4 14 7 0 4
Team 4
Totals 20-44 1-8 19-24 60 34 15 15