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#5 Marian runs away with 89-49 win over Foresters

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The #5 Marian University Knights (17-3, 7-1) left little doubt that they are deserving of their national ranking Saturday afternoon at John Grimes Court by blowing past the HU women’s basketball team 89-49.

The Foresters (9-10, 3-5) didn’t have an answer for MU’s hot shooting. The Knights sizzled the nets for nearly 63 percent (37-for-59) which included going 10-for-19 from long range. It was scoring by committee for Marian with Kellie Kirkhoff posting 15 points to lead a balanced attack.

Dejah Cyrus collected 14 points, Jessica Almeida and Jenna Sullivan each added 13 points and Candace Danz tossed in 11. But setting the tone and potentially earning the title of unsung hero was senior point guard Joana Soerio who posted eight points in addition to handing out a game-high eight assists and tracking down six rebounds.

While Marian’s offense was on point, one could argue their defense was equally impressive. They never gave up more than 15 points in a quarter, limited the Foresters to 32.8 percent shooting (20-for-61) and scored 23 points off of HU’s 14 turnovers.

Miranda Palmer scored 13 points to top Huntington. She also swiped a game-best four steals. Allyson Trout registered ten points and a team-high four assists. Brooke Saylor also finished with ten points to round out HU’s double digit scoring.

The Knights dominated the afternoon by enjoying the lead for all but two minutes at the beginning of the contest when HU came out guns a blazing. Maddie Richer got her team off to a good start by knocking down a triple on Huntington’s opening possession. A pair of long balls from Allyson Trout and a Miranda Palmer layup over the next two minutes gave the Foresters an 11-9 advantage at the 6:46 mark.

Unfortunately, the two-point lead was quickly erased when Kirkhoff drained the first of her three three-pointers to give the hosts a permanent lead that only expanded as the game wore on. The lead was 44-26 by intermission and Marian replicated that in the second half to make for the 40-point difference.

HU hits the road again on Wednesday to face Goshen College at 7:00 p.m. The first time these two teams met back on November 22, the Foresters enjoyed an 86-83 win.

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.