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HU opens season by rolling over Holy Cross 72-49

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington women’s basketball team (1-0) tipped off their season with an impressive 72-49 win over the Holy Cross College Saints (1-3) Tuesday night at Platt Arena.

Senior Miranda Palmer paved the way for HU by scoring six of her team’s first nine points to establish a lead that was never in question. The 5-6 guard had plenty of support as the Foresters raced out to 16-7 advantage after the first ten minutes before blowing the game open by halftime.

Coach Culler’s crew put on a shooting clinic to more than double up their visitors by intermission for a 43-21 tilt as five different Foresters drained a long ball on 8-for-13 shooting behind the arc. Palmer, Allyson Trout and Maddie Richer each finished the half with a pair of triples as together the starting backcourt accounted for 28 of their team’s 43 points.

Huntington also committed just two miscues and logged ten offensive rebounds over the first 20 minutes while limiting the Saints to just eight field goals on 32.0 percent shooting and forcing their visitors into nine turnovers.

It was more of the same in the second half highlighted by the Foresters scoring 15 straight points that spanned the end of the third and start of the fourth to enjoy their largest lead of the contest at 68-29 with eight minutes remaining before cruising to the lopsided win.

Palmer poured in a game-high 20 points while Trout added 12, ten of which came in the first half. Both seniors dished out four assists. Brooke Saylor collected a team-high seven boards, three on the offensive end. Freshman Sarah Fryman chipped in nine points in her collegiate debut while seven other Foresters also found their way into the scoring column for a well-balanced Forester attack.

HU finished 29-for-67 from the field for 43.3 percent and tallied 45 rebounds, 17 offensive, to HCC’s 36.

Eryn Leek and Tagin Schultheis paced Holy Cross with 16 and 13 points respectively. The Foresters held the Saints’ leading scorer Jessica Norris, who entered the contest averaging over 17 points per outing, scoreless. As a team, HCC connected on 18 of their 57 field goal attempts for 31.6 percent.

The Foresters have notched three straight season opening wins, all against Holy Cross. Coach Culler boasts a perfect 5-0 career record against the Saints.

Huntington (1-0) heads up to Michigan this weekend for the Crossroads League/WHAC Classic where they will face Aquinas College on Friday and #8 Davenport University on Saturday.  

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.