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HU back in win column with 87-73 W over MVNU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The #RV Forester women’s basketball team got back in the win column Saturday afternoon with an 87-73 decision over Mount Vernon Nazarene University (7-15, 1-9) at Platt Arena. With this win, HU snaps a three-game skid and bumps their record to 10-11 overall, 4-6 in league play.

Huntington pieced together to a solid opening 20 minutes to build a 15-point cushion of 44-29 on the way to cruising to the 14-point win. The difference in the first half boiled down to HU’s aggressive play on both ends of the floor.

Behind Brooke Saylor’s five offensive rebounds in the opening stanza, the Foresters tracked down ten of their own shots to the tune of 17 points in addition to nailing five three-pointers at a clip of 45.5 percent. Defensively, Coach Culler’s crew forced seven Cougar miscues and limited their visitors to just 35.5 percent shooting (11-for-31) to hold MVNU to just 29 points.

The Foresters took their first double digit lead at the 8:14 mark of the second quarter when Saylor capitalized on an old fashioned three-point play. The lead never dipped below ten points after that.

Huntington came out of halftime and made it obvious that their lead would not be challenged. They missed just three shots in the third quarter to increase their lead by seven, 70-48, heading into the fourth. While Mount Vernon outscored their hosts by nine in the final ten minutes, it was too little too late. Today’s win marks Huntington’s eighth double digit win of the year. 

Miranda Palmer topped HU with 26 points. Hailey Krewald came off the bench to add 13 points to go along with eight boards and three steals. Allyson Trout chipped in 12 points and a game-best six assists. Maddie Richer finished with 11 points, nine of which came in the final 20 minutes. Saylor corralled a game-high 11 rebounds.

Natalie Carpenter led all scorers with a career-tying 27 points, 15 of which came behind the arc. Sierra Basista and Dani Ellerbrock poured in 17 and 11 points respectively.

As a team, the Foresters shot better from long distance than two-point range. They finished 11-for-21 from deep for 52.4 percent while going 20-for-41 from inside the arc to finish 50.0 percent overall. They outrebounded their visitors 44-35 with their only downfall happening from the line where they managed just 53.8 percent (14-for-26).

The Cougars shot 40.3 percent from the field (27-for-67) and were near perfect from the charity stripe at 92.3 percent (12-for-13).

The Foresters hit the hardwood again on Wednesday to host Bethel 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.