SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Deaundra Young was simply unstoppable for fourth-seeded College of Saint Mary (Neb.) early Thursday afternoon inside the Tyson Events Center. The junior center carried the Flames on her back and into the second round courtesy of a 63-54 score over Huntington (Ind.).
From the tip-off, it seemed to be Young’s game, however, early efforts were not making much of a dent in the Foresters’ game plan. Amelia Recker stormed out of the gate hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and adding five free throws.
On the defensive side, Huntington bottled up every other Flames’ shooter to get out to an eight-point lead at half, 32-24, but Young recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
As the second half began, the tides turned.
The Foresters led by 10 with 16:17 remaining, but it was short lived. College of Saint Mary stormed back through persistent offensive effort and solid defense. Young scored 15 more points and nine additional boards in the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-high 27 points and 19 rebounds – 16 of which came on the defensive end.
Huntington was outscored 39-22 in the second half of play after a cold-shooting display of 24.3 percent (9-of-37), including only 3-of-15 from behind the arc.
For the game, Recker finished with 21 points and 10 points. She was joined in double-digits by Miranda Palmer, who racked up 13 points. As a team, the Foresters were held to 14 points below their season average of 68.9 points per contest.
Huntington has now lost three-of-four opening round games it has appeared in at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm. The team wraps up the 2014-15 season with a 22-10 mark.
College of Saint Mary marches on to play the winner of No. 1 Concordia and No. 8 Bryan (Tenn.) Friday at 1:45 pm.