HU women face Maple Leafs

The Huntington University women’s basketball team played spoiler to Goshen’s senior night by handing their hosts an 86 to 75 loss Wednesday, Feb. 17. The win ups Huntington’s overall record to 12 to eight, which includes an eight to seven league record.

With one regular season game remaining, the Foresters are tied for fifth in the CL standings.

The Foresters also had to overcome the added energy from senior night along with TaNiece Chapman scoring her 1,000th career point and Claire Rauck knocking down her 100th career three-pointer. They passed with flying colors to tally their ninth double-digit win of the year.   

While Goshen’s only lead came on the opening possession, they never let their guests stray too far ahead. HU’s biggest lead was 12 points on a few occasions in the second quarter but a double-figure difference was a rarity otherwise.

After seven points separated the two teams, 41 to 34, at halftime, the third quarter proved much more dicey.

Chapman’s old fashioned three-point play that landed her a spot on Goshen’s 1,000 point club not only sent the GC bench and stands into a frenzy, but it also knotted things up at 54-54 with three minutes left in the quarter. But a calm and collected Forester squad stayed the course to close out the stanza on a 7 to one run to take a 61 to 55 lead into the final 10 minutes.

The Maple Leafs kept the pressure on – dwindling the lead to a single point twice early in the fourth before the Foresters slowly pulled away. Back-to-back buckets by Logan Rowles sparked her team, after which Konnor Gambrell took over the game. The sophomore was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line with a layup in between her two trips to the charity stripe to cushion HU’s lead to seven at 79 to 72 with just two minutes left.

Erica Zook knocked down four freebies after that while Sam Vaughn went 3-for-4 to put even more distance between the two squads by game’s end.  

Vaughn finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. The guard has scored 20+ points in three of the last four games. Emily Seboe drained three long balls in the first quarter on the way to posting 16 points. She also collected eight boards in addition to swiping three steals.

Maddy Robrock and Zook added 12 points apiece while Gambrell tossed in a career-best 10 points.