Speed carries Foresters past Holy Cross

Pazia Speed.
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Senior Pazia Speed scored 21 of her career-high 33 points in the second half to lead the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 69-62 win over host Holy Cross College on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Speed a 5-7 guard, hit 6 of 8 field goal tries and all nine of her free throw attempts in the final half to help the Foresters even their record at 1-1. Speed finished the contest a perfect 17 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Amelia Recker added 14 points for Huntington, which took a 30-26 lead into the locker room at halftime and expanded the margin to 14 points at 42-28 four minutes into the second half. A 12-1 run by the Saints brought them to within three points at 43-30 with more than 12 minutes left to play, but Speed hit three baskets within the next three minutes to give Huntington a 51-42 lead with 9:16 left to play.

Speed then nailed 11 more points in the game's final nine minutes to seal the win.

Kelsey Hubble added to the HU cause with nine points, and she and Miranda Palmer each had four of the Foresters' 15 steals.

Lindsey Steffen had 26 points to lead Holy Cross, 1-3, and Kari Barnes provided back-up with 18 points.

Holy Cross actually outshot Huntington from the field, nailing 26 of 56 shots from the field for 46.4 percent compared to the Foresters hitting 21 of 54 for 38.9 percent, but with Speed's big charity stripe effort the Foresters had a 21 point edge in freebies. For the game Huntington hit 27 of 35 free throw tires for 77.1 percent, while the hosts hit 6 of 10 for 60 percent.

HU got out-rebounded, 39-31, but had 12 less turnovers.