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HU women fall to Cumberland U

The Huntington University (HU) women’s basketball team got off to a hot start on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Dallas Floyd Arena only to watch their advantage slip away early in the fourth quarter to suffer a 58-45 road loss to Cumberland University (CU).

The Foresters were clicking on all cylinders to start the contest, racing out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. The visitors shot 60.0 percent in the opening stanza while limiting the Phoenixes to just four field goals on 26.7 percent shooting. Erica Zook led the charge with nine points, which included a buzzer-beating three.

HU would up their lead to as many as 16 points at 31-15 when Dazia Drake found a slashing Jenessa Hasty for an easy lay-in at the 6:01 mark of the second quarter.

The hosts scored on the next possession, which began their slow grind to get back in it. By halftime, CU had trimmed it to eight at 34-26.

While scoring didn’t come easy for either team to start the second half, by quarter’s end Huntington’s advantage stood at 42-40. The wheels came off for Culler and crew in the fourth. Despite getting some solid looks, HU could not get a shot to fall until the final two minutes of play. By that point, the Phoenix had built a hefty lead to cruise to the win.

Zook finished with 12 points and eight rebounds to lead Huntington in both categories. Maddy Robrock finished with 10 points and six boards. Konnor Gambrell came off the bench to add eight points.

Abby Morgan topped all scorers with 18 points while Breon Oldham and Keara Sexton chipped in 16 and 10 points respectively for Cumberland.
The next day, the Foresters played at Marshall Gymnasium for the first time in program history, dropping a 60-47 decision to the Midway University Eagles.

Although suffering a loss, HU managed to hold Midway more than 20 points below their season average. The squad limited the Eagles to just 35.6 percent shooting for the contest while forcing 19 turnovers.  

On the offensive end, the second quarter proved Huntington’s high point. Audrey Cable sparked her team by scoring four of the Foresters’ 16 points in the 10-minute segment to send Huntington into the locker room with a three-point advantage.  

Unfortunately, the guests’ offense dried up in the second half. HU managed just seven field goals in the final 20 minutes to be outscored by 16.
Maddy Robrock scored nine of her 14 points after the break as one of three Foresters to finish in double figures. Emily Seboe added 13 points, six rebounds and four steals. Erica Zook tossed in ten points and topped HU with seven boards and five assists.

Dezeree White and Jill Goldey paced Midway with 14 points each.