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Grace pulls off 72-70 upset over #22 HU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Lancers of Grace College (8-6, 3-1) pulled off a 72-70 upset over the #22 HU women’s basketball team Wednesday night at Platt Arena. The loss is Huntington’s second straight and drops them to 7-4 overall, 2-2 in league play.

The end of the third quarter is what did the Foresters in as the Lancers went on a 10-3 tear in the final 2:40 to turn their six-point deficit of 48-42 into a one-point advantage of 52-51. Not only did Darian Patton score three times in transition during the spurt but in the flurry of activity Miranda Palmer was whistled for her fourth foul much to the delight of the fired-up visitors.

While Huntington would knot things up twice and then reclaim the lead, 62-60, on a long two by Sarah Fryman midway through the fourth, it was all Grace after that compliments of Kelsey Peterson. Within a 90 second span, the 5-8 guard connected on an old fashioned three and then drained a triple to give her team a 69-63 lead with 2:37 remaining.

Never give up continues to be Huntington’s mantra but their late game rally wasn’t quite enough on this given night. Culler’s crew clawed their way back to pull within one, 71-70, with 2.5 seconds remaining when Allyson Trout found nothing but the bottom of the net from more than six feet behind the arc. HU sent Peterson to the line where she went 1-for-2 but the Foresters’ game-tying shot at the buzzer came up short to deny any sort of late game heroics.

The first half saw the lead trade hands just twice. After Palmer wiggled her way through the lane for a layup on the opening possession, the Lancers scored the next five points to take over and hold the lead for the rest of the quarter for a slim 17-15 at the first break.

Casey Morton was HU’s sparkplug to start the second quarter. She entered the contest 30 seconds in and within three minutes had scored seven of her ten points to put her team up 24-19 by the 6:32 mark. It proved to be a lead that held steady as they went into break with a 34-28 advantage and then kept that six-point advantage until the Lancers’ run to close out the third.

Palmer topped Huntington with 16 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Morton was HU’s only other double digit scorer with ten. Trout collected nine points, three assists and two blocks while Hailey Krewald and Fryman each added eight points. Paige Coolman led the Foresters in rebounding with five.

Patton paced Grace with a career-tying 20 points. Vironnica Drake posted 14 points, Peterson added 13 and Haley Richardson finished with 12 to go along with a game-high seven rebounds.

Huntington shot the ball well by going 30-for-59 for 50.8 percent but managed to get the line just five times to Grace’s 22. The Lancers finished 16-for-22 from the charity stripe and 25-for-51 from the field for 72.7 percent and 49.0 percent respectively. GC dominated the glass 36-26 but committed 17 miscues to HU’s 13.

The Foresters hit the road to #25 Olivet Nazarene on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off with the Tigers.  

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.