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Forester women suffer weekend losses

Huntington University sophomore Emily Seboe locks arms with her Indiana University-South Bend opponent after a free-throw opportunity during the Saturday, Nov. 13, basketball game at Huntington University.
Huntington University sophomore Emily Seboe locks arms with her Indiana University-South Bend opponent after a free-throw opportunity during the Saturday, Nov. 13, basketball game at Huntington University. Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington University (HU) women’s basketball team took one on the chin again to suffer a 74-69 loss to IU Southeast (IUSE) on Friday, Nov. 12, at Platt Arena. The loss is HU’s third straight as they drop to 2-4 on the season.  

While the Grenadiers enjoyed the lead more often than not, the Foresters never let their guests get too far out of sight. Each time HU threatened, however, IUSE came up with a big play whether that be a timely three, a trip to the free throw line or forcing a turnover.

The guests finished with 11 triples which accounted for half their field goals and got to the line 28 times to HU’s seven. They also caused 15 HU turnovers, nine of which were steals.

The fourth proved the only quarter Huntington outscored their visitors. Most encouraging about the final 10 minutes was HU’s grit. Down 60-49 early in the stanza, the Foresters’ never-say-die attitude gave them a chance at the win. Alli Vaughn and Emily Seboe took turns trading buckets to account for eight straight points to pull their team within three at 60-57 with eight minutes remaining.

IUSE countered with a pair of threes that sandwiched two freebies by Vaughn to make for a seven-point spread. After that Seboe tag-teamed with Maddy Robrock to once again trim it to a single possession. This time around Robrock scored twice down low on either end of two long balls by Seboe. It made for a 72-69 ball game with 90 seconds remaining.

While the Foresters came up with a big defensive stop for a chance to knot things up, IUSE thwarted any sort of heroic comeback with a quick steal and layup to seal the deal.

Seboe finished with a season-best 27 points. She also tracked down 10 rebounds for a double double, the first of her Huntington career. Dazia Drake added 11 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals.  
Lauren Lambdin went off for 36 points to top all scorers. Karly Sweeney tossed in 13 points as IUSE’s other double-digit scorer.

The team then went on to wrap up their own classic with a 68-58 loss to IU South Bend on Saturday, Nov. 13.

In a game where a majority of the final stats looked similar for both teams, it came down to what happened from deep that proved the difference. Eleven of the Titans’ 23 field goals came from long range while the Foresters rattled in six of their 22 field goals from the cheap seats.

The two squads were within two offensive rebounds of each other with IUSB holding a slight 14-12 advantage while trips to the charity stripe were also similar with the guests going 11-for-11 and HU connecting on eight of their 10 attempts.

The Foresters ended up taking better care of the ball by committing 12 blunders to the Titans’ 20.

After HU forced a tie in the first quarter and then drew two more stalemates in the second as well as claimed two short-lived advantages, the Titans closed out the half on an 11-1 run to send their hosts into the locker room down 33-25.
IU South Bend cushioned their lead by eight more points in the third for a 55-39 lead. It’s been an all-too-familiar pattern for Culler’s crew as of late that they head into the final quarter on the wrong end of the score but fortunately they never go down without a fight. This time around they spent the last 10 minutes of the contest chipping away at their deficit to outscore the Titans by six before conceding the loss.  

Celeste Ryman and Robrock each tossed in 14 points to pace the Foresters. Vaughn came off the bench to chip in 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Emily Seboe, who was named to the All-Classic Team, also ripped down seven boards to share team-high rebounding honors with Vaughn to go along with collecting eight points and five assists.
Sara Doi and Katie Gard topped IU South Bend with 17 points each while Rachael Robards added 15 points.

HU is off until Saturday, Nov. 20, when they host Taylor University at 1 p.m. for their conference opener.