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Foresters knock off #11 Goshen in OT 86-83

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU women’s basketball tallied their second OT win of the year, an 86-83 decision, Tuesday night in their league opener against 11th-ranked Goshen College at Platt Arena.

But the win didn’t come without drama as expected when these two teams do battle. The first half proved to be one of HU’s finest of the year. They were deadly from deep, going 9-for-15 behind the arc, on the way to shooting 51.4 percent through the opening 20 minutes to climb in front of their guests 47-34 by intermission.

Allyson Trout and Miranda Palmer each drained three from downtown while Brooke Yoder came off the bench to drop in two as the backcourt trio combined for 30 points to pick apart Goshen’s matchup zone for their 13-point tilt at the break. They committed just four miscues and enjoyed a slight 18-17 rebounding advantage to round out a well-played first half.

While the next ten minutes wasn’t as notable, Coach Culler’s squad remained in front the entire quarter to hang on for a 63-56 advantage heading into the fourth where things started to unravel.

Sophia Sears spearheaded the Goshen attack with a pair of triples with her second knotting things up at 67-67 by the 5:34 mark. Casey Morton answered with her own long ball on the next possession to reclaim her team’s lead at 70-67 but a relentless Maple Leaf squad scratched and clawed their way back with Gabby Williams capping off the comeback by backing her way down the lane for an easy score to knot things up at 72-72 and send the game to OT.

The overtime was up for grabs as the first four-and-a-half minutes featured two ties and seven lead changes before Sarah Fryman nearly single-handedly willed the Foresters to a win. The freshman played anything like a rookie when she buried a triple with 32 ticks remaining for an HU lead of 83-81 that proved to be the game’s final lead change.

A Forester freebie and Sears’ bucket later, Fryman calmly stepped up the line with seven seconds remaining to drain a pair of free tosses to solidify the win as Goshen wasn’t able to get a shot off before time expired to make for the final three-point difference.  

Free throws nearly did Huntington in as they shot a dismal 50.0 percent at the line (11-for-22) but their saving grace came in their aggressiveness on the boards where they tracked down 17 offensive rebounds to the tune of 20 points.

HU finished 31-for-72 from the field for 43.1 percent while their visitors made good on 44.4 percent of their attempts (28-for-63). The Foresters committed 11 miscues to Goshen’s 15.

Palmer topped Huntington with 20 points, the fifth time this season she’s scored at least 20 points, and a game-high seven assists. Trout finished with 17 points, 15 of which came in the opening 20 minutes, while Hailey Krewald came off the bench to add 15. Brooke Saylor collected a team-high eight boards.

Williams tallied a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds for Goshen. Sears added 20 points while Calla Bartlett registered 19.

The Foresters improve to 6-2 on the season while the Maple Leafs drop to 4-5. HU is off for over a week until next Wednesday when they travel to Bethel for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Lady Pilots.

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.