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Big W on senior night for HUWBB

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It seemed only fitting that a pair of seniors would pace the HU women’s basketball team to a 75-68 win over Taylor University in their last home game at Platt Arena. Allyson Trout led the way with 18 points and four assists while Miranda Palmer added 13 points. The senior twosome combined to go a perfect 8-for-8 in the final 45 seconds of play to ensure the W on senior night.

Their freebies were critical as the Trojans threatened a heroic comeback. Down by 13, 62-49, with just over six minutes to go, Taylor spent the next four minutes scratching and clawing their way back in it.

Aubrey Wright dropped in her third three of the night at the 1:56 mark to trim the lead to four at 62-58. It proved to be the first of three Trojan triples over the next 90 seconds but Coach Culler’s stubborn crew wasn’t having it.

Maddie Richer matched Wright’s three on HU’s next possession to up the lead back to seven, 65-58, and then buried a pair of free throws on the next trip down the court. Trout and Palmer took over after that with four points apiece at the charity stripe to combat two more Taylor long balls and solidify the win.

The Foresters led by as many as 15 in the second half but as it turned out, the final 20 minutes was an evenly matched battle with Taylor outscoring their hosts by one, 48-47, after intermission.

The difference in the game came in the second quarter when HU limited the Trojans to just five points to take an eight point lead of 28-20 into the locker room. Huntington held their visitors to just 2-for-13 shooting in the second ten-minute segment and forced Taylor into seven turnovers.

The first quarter was a toss-up. The Trojans jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and clung to an advantage until the midway point of the stanza when Sarah Fryman reeled off seven unanswered points which ended with an easy lay-in on a dump down from Miranda White to give HU their first lead at 11-10. The Foresters would go on to hang on for a 17-15 tilt after the first buzzer.

White’s assist to Fryman was just one of many great plays over the course of the night for the 5-10 junior. She picked the perfect night to have banner night as she finished with a career-best 12 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks. White will graduate at semester next year so she, along with the seniors, was playing in Platt Arena for the last time tonight.

Richer added 13 points while Fryman and Brooke Saylor added nine and eight points respectively to make for a well-balanced Forester attack. Saylor also ripped down a team-high seven boards. As a team, the Foresters finished 24-for-55 for 43.6 percent from the floor and sizzled the nets at the line by going 20-for-22 for 90.9 percent.

With this win, HU (14-14) moves into sole possession of 5th place in the league standings with a CL record of 8-9. The Trojans drop to 12-17 overall, 7-10 in league play. They are currently tied with Goshen and Bethel for the No. 6 spot.

The Foresters wrap up the regular season with a road trip to Mount Vernon on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off with the Cougars.

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.