Saturday, November 23, 2013

Huntington runs away from Olivet Nazarene in the second half

Everything appeared good-to-go at halftime for the NAIA Division II women's team at Olivet Nazarene. The Tigers led 54-51, and the second half almost always goes the way the team running The System.

Fatigue is the main reason, with the pace more-often-than-not too much for the opponent. Not this time.

Courtney Baker scored 21 of her 23 points following halftime, Amelia Recker and Pazia Speed combined for 29 points after the break and Huntington University ran away to a 121-101 victory Saturday in the final game of the Holiday Inn Express Classic at Olivet Nazarene.

The Foresters also turned it over only six times in the second half, keeping the Tigers from the large advantage in shot attempts all System teams need.

Speed led the way with 27 points and Recker matched Baker's total of 23 for Huntington (4-3).

Miranda Geever had 16 points for Olivet Nazarene (3-4), and Liz Bart and Malory Adam added 11 apiece. The Formula numbers still looked pretty good for coach Lauren Stamatis' team:

  • Attempted 101 shots
  • Attempted 45 3-pointers
  • Rebounded 47 percent of its own misses
  • Forced 18 turnovers
  • Attempted 21 more shots than the Foresters

The Tigers travel to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, with game time scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.

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