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Davenport hands HU first loss of season

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The HU women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the year, an 86-67 decision, to 8th-ranked Davenport University (2-0) Saturday afternoon at the DU Student Center.

Huntington drops to 2-1 on the year and finish the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge 1-1 having beaten Aquinas in OT on Friday 67-58.

The Panthers’ run and gun offense eventually wore down the Foresters but not before Coach Culler’s crew put up a valiant fight despite the lopsided score by game’s end. Huntington played even with their hosts through the first ten minutes. Four different Foresters scored at least four points in the quarter for a 19-19 stalemate by the first buzzer.

Behind back-to-back buckets by Casey Morton and Brooke Saylor, HU jumped ahead 23-19 by the 9:01 mark of the second quarter but the visitors hit a five-minute dry spell that allowed Davenport to go on a 15-2 run and grow the lead to nine with four minutes left in the half, an advantage they hung on to for a 42-33 lead heading into break.

Huntington would spend the first five minutes of the third trimming the lead to six at 53-47 but Davenport’s bigs finally proved too much for Huntington to handle. 6-2 center Mallory Sewell and her backup, 6-4 Jenna Falkenberg, each scored eight points in the quarter to blow the game wide open at 69-50 heading into the fourth.

Sewell and Falkenberg finished with 20 and 14 points respectively to pace the Panthers. Courtney Murphy and Emily Severn chipped in ten points apiece to round out Davenport’s double digit scorers.

Miranda Palmer topped all scorers with 22 points. Saylor tallied 12 points and grabbed a game-best ten rebounds for her first career double double. Allyson Trout added ten points.

The Foresters outshot Davenport, connecting on 47.0 percent of their attempts (31-for-66) to DU’s 45.2 percent (33-for-73) but the Panthers capitalized on a 47-30 rebounding edge and committed just seven miscues to HU’s 15.

Huntington heads back up to Michigan on Tuesday to take on Great Lakes Christian College at 7:00 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.