HU women break scoring record in win over ONU

Pazia Speed.
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The Huntington University women's basketball team broke the program record for most points in a game with its 121-101 victory over host Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Foresters accomplished the feat with a 33 of 38 showing at the free throw line and by shooting over 50 percent from the field in a game featuring ONU's run-and-gun, full-court pressure style of play.

Five players scored in double figures for Coach Lori Culler's squad, led by senior Pazia Speed with 27 points. Junior Courtney Baker and sophomore Amelia Recker supplied 23 points apiece, with sophomore Kelsey Hubble chipping in 19 and junior Amelia Echemann adding 12, helping Huntington pull to 4-3.

The Tigers clung to a 54-51 lead at halftime after a tight opening stanza that saw the teams play to seven ties.

Olivet Nazarene increased its advantage to 11, 66-55, less than two minutes into the second half, but Huntington whittled it away to snatch the lead, at 71-70, with 14:24 left.

The Foresters never looked back from there, going on a 16-3 run that made it 87-73 with just over 10 minutes remaining. Half of Huntington's points during the scoring spree came from the charity stripe, where the team made 24 of 26 for 92.3 percent in the second half. Baker spotlighted the team's effort there, making all but one of her 14 freebies on the way to a 21-point frame.

Miranda Geever scored 16 points and Liz Bart and Malory Adam each tossed in 11 for Olivet Nazarene, 3-4, which converted 36 of 101 field goal attempts for the game for a 35.6 shooting percentage. The Tigers' opportunities at the free throw line were scant compared to Huntington's, where they got 19 tries and made 15 of them for 78.6 percent.

For the game, the Foresters hit 43 of 80 shots for 53.8 percent. Their mark at the stripe was 86.8 percent.

Recker's game-best nine rebounds helped the Foresters win the battle of the boards, 55-52.

Hubble had six assists to lead in that department, with Miranda Palmer adding five and Baker and Speed each having four.