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HU wraps up 2016 with convincing 88-45 win over Greenville

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The #25 HU women’s basketball team wrapped up 2016 in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena with an 88-45 win over NCAA Division III Greenville College (8-4). The win also snaps a five-game skid as Coach Culler and crew move to 8-7 on the season.

Hungry for a win, the Foresters left little doubt from opening tip that they were on a mission. Seniors Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout teamed up to score the game’s first ten points within the first four minutes. Two minutes later, Trout had scored five of HU’s next seven points for a 17-5 lead.

The Foresters never looked back after that as they swelled the advantage to 16 by the first break and padded their lead by ten more for a 46-20 advantage by the halfway point. Palmer and Trout scored 17 and ten points respectively through the first 20 minutes while Sarah Fryman added seven of her nine points.

After HU managed just four points through the first five minutes of the third quarter, Palmer buried her third three of the night to ignite a scoring frenzy that grew Huntington’s lead from 23 to 39 over the next five minutes. Paige Coolman came off the bench to score four points amidst the 18-2 run but it was Hailey Krewald who literally stole the show to close out the quarter.

The gritty guard picked off four passes in a row that translated into nine Huntington points to make for a 68-29 disparity heading into the fourth where the Foresters continued to distance themselves from their visitors for the 43-point victory.

Palmer finished with a game-high 26 points, the 11th time this season she’s scored at least 20 points, to go along with a game-best four assists. Trout added 13 points while nine other Foresters put points on the board to make for a well-balanced attack. Coolman took top rebounding honors on the day with seven, six of which were offensive, while Krewald finished with a game-best five steals for a new career high.

The Panthers were led by Maria Reinhard with 12 points while Wesley Woodard added 11. Greenville entered the contest shooting 47.0 percent on the year and averaging over 76 points per outing but on this given afternoon, Huntington held them to just 45 points on 33.3 percent shooting (15-for-45), their lowest offensive output since January of 2013.

Culler’s crew finished 31-for-59 from the field for 52.5 percent which included ten long balls by five different Foresters. HU also knocked down 16 of their 18 freebies, outrebounded their visitors 34-28 and forced 31 Panther miscues.

Today’s matchup was the first between these two programs. HU now turns their attention to league play. They open up 2017 with a trip to Taylor University on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Trojans.

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.