GOSHEN, Ind. - Three senior Goshen College women's basketball players ended their home careers with a rough 78-40 loss to visiting Huntington University Wednesday night.
Kari Heusinkveld (Goshen, Ind.), Rebecca Staveteig (Johnsburg, Ill.) and Kaylee Hilliker (Coopersville, Mich.) played their final game inside Gunden Gymnasium, but it was not their most memorable one. All three set new career highs in scoring this season (Heusinkveld 20, Staveteig 14, Hilliker 14), but none of them could get rolling on Wednesday, combining for just seven points.
After the visitors broke a 7-all tie with a 7-0 run, freshman Sierria Burlage hit her first career 3-pointer. Classmate Jaime Stack backed it up with an offensive rebound and putback and the deficit was just two again. The remainder of the first half was primarily back-and-forth with the Maple Leafs answering the Foresters' runs.
That was until Huntington closed the stanza with 12 points in the final five minutes to take a 41-31 lead into the locker rooms. The struggles started immediately for Goshen out of the break. Sam Hawk hit an early 3-pointer, but the Leafs hit just 1-of-18 from the field during a 23-3 spell by Huntington which put the game away.
Hawk scored in double figures for the first time since returning from a month-long absence with a shoulder injury and Stack added 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. Allison Greene led four Huntington players in double digits with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Goshen (3-26, 0-17 MCC) will conclude the season on Saturday when they travel to #1 ranked Indiana Wesleyan University.