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Foresters cruise to 71-48 win over Judson

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington women’s basketball team relied on their stingy defense to blow out Judson University 71-48 Saturday night at Platt Arena. With this win, HU improves to 4-1 on the year while the Eagles drop to 4-3.

After giving up just 27 points through the first 20 minutes, the Foresters clamped down even tighter to limit JU to just 21 points in the second half to hold their visitors well below their season average.

Judson entered the contest averaging nearly 64 points per contest but on this given night, they drastically missed that mark thanks to an HU defense that held them to 34.6 percent shooting (18-for-52) and caused 26 miscues, 14 of which were steals.

Huntington’s offense wasn’t too shabby either. Culler’s crew scored 19 points off Eagle turnovers on the way to shooting over 50 percent on the night behind the hot hand of Miranda Palmer who went 9-for-13 from the field and made good on all six of her freebies to finish with a game-high 24 points.

Sarah Fryman missed just one shot to post 14 points as HU’s only other double digit scorer. Brooke Saylor added six points and corralled a game-high six boards while Hailey Krewald finished with a career-high five steals to go along with three assists.

A snapshot of the game included a 14-14 tie after the first ten minutes but it was all Huntington after that as they outscored their visitors each quarter with the biggest disparity coming in the second frame when they doubled up the Eagles 26-13 for a 40-27 halftime lead.  

Judson was led by Melanie Claudio and Kelli Ludwig who finished with nine and eight points respectively.

Coach Culler has enjoyed a 5-2 tilt against the Judson Eagles over the course of her coaching career.

The Foresters have nearly a week’s break before hosting a tournament November 18-19 where HU will face Great Lakes at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

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.