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Goshen evens up season series with 73-49 win over HU

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GOSHEN, Ind. – It was another rough outing for the #RV HU women’s basketball team Wednesday night as they suffered their third straight loss, this time a 73-49 decision to Goshen College (12-9, 6-3).

The Foresters main struggle came at the offensive end of the court where they managed a season-low 17 field goals on a season-low 30.9 percent shooting (17-for-55) which included scoring just five points in the final quarter.

The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, scored seven points over their season average behind 20 points from Lynnia Noel. The 5-5 guard also ripped down 11 boards for her third double double of the year. Sophia Sears added 18 points and tallied game-high honors in steals with six and assists with five. Gabby Williams also scored in double digits by finishing with 12 points off the bench.

Goshen seems to be picking up momentum as the season wears on as tonight’s win marks their third straight. It was also payback as HU got the best of the Maple Leafs, 86-83, the first time these two teams did battle back in November. The Maple Leafs left little doubt they were out for revenge as they enjoyed a double digit advantage at the end of each quarter with their largest lead, 24 points, coming at the final buzzer.

While GC’s 10+ point cushion was consistent most of the night, the third quarter was evidence of Huntington’s never-say-die-attitude. The Foresters took a 39-24 deficit into halftime but wasn’t about to lay down and die. Still down by 14, 40-29, with over eight minutes left in the third, Coach Culler’s crew pieced together a three-minute span of near perfect basketball.

Defensively, Huntington forced three turnovers on the way to limiting their hosts to just two points while offensively, seniors Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout combined to score all 13 of their team’s points to pull HU within three points, 42-39, by the 5:13 mark.

Trout did her damage behind the arc by burying a pair of triples while Palmer scored two layups and cashed in on three freebies. Unfortunately, the momentum shifted back to Goshen in a moment’s notice with Sophie Sears mainly to blame. GC’s playmaker found Sydney Stein in the paint with the shot clock winding down to extend the lead back to five and then shortly after converted back-to-back steals into easy layups to balloon the lead back to nine at 50-41 with 2:08 left in the quarter.

HU didn’t make a dent in the score after that as they took a ten-point deficit into the fourth before Goshen ran away with it in the final ten minutes for the lopsided win.

Palmer topped Huntington with 20 points, five assists and three steals. Trout added 13 points, four assists and two blocks.

During Coach Culler’s tenure, the Foresters have posted 47 wins over Goshen to just 11 losses.

Huntington (9-11, 3-6) is back in action on Saturday when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 1:00 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.