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#25 ONU runs away with 127-100 win over #22 HU

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – In a non-conference clash, #25 Olivet Nazarene University (8-3) ran away with a 127-100 win Saturday afternoon at McHie Arena over the #22 HU women’s basketball team. The loss drops Huntington to 7-5 on the year. 

It was more like a track meet than a basketball game as the Tigers play a Grinnell-type brand of basketball that incorporates a continual full-court press, a fast-paced offense, an emphasis on offensive rebounds, a barrage of three-point shots and substitutions of five players a time every 45 to 60 seconds.

HU didn’t have an answer for ONU’s kamikaze play. The Tigers’ defensive pressure forced 28 HU miscues to the tune of 41 points. At the other end of the court, they tracked down 26 of their own shots for 33 points. They never hesitated to take a three as 50 of their 100 shots came from behind the arc where they buried 16 for 32.0 percent.

The result was HU’s largest margin of defeat of the year and their third straight loss.

Unfortunately, the first quarter doomed the Foresters. ONU stunned Culler’s crew to race out to a 37-16 advantage after just ten minutes of play. A chance to regroup between quarters proved beneficial to Huntington as they outscored their hosts 33-24 for an 11-point difference of 60-49 by halftime.

But the Tigers went back to work in the third to balloon the lead back to 21 at 94-73 before upping the lead to 27 by the final buzzer.

Miranda Palmer topped all scorers with 39 points on 18-for-24 shooting which included pouring in 21 points in the second quarter. Allyson Trout finished with 13 points. She and Palmer each handed out six assists. Maddie Richer collected 11 points while Sarah Fryman added ten. The 5-9 freshman also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Maggie Schmidt and Jess Learned each scored 16 points to lead the Tigers. Other double digit scorers for Olivet Nazarene included Chelsea Rhodes with 15, Kayla Krassman with 14, Kayla Ross with 12, Trinity Davis with 12, Capriana Christian with 11 and Sammy Stejskal with ten.

HU shot nearly 60 percent for the game by going 46-for-78 but only managed to get to the line seven times to the Tigers’ 27. The rebounding disparity also favored ONU 48-28.

The Foresters return to Platt Arena on Saturday to host Cumberland University (TN) at 1:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.