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Late game push lifts TU past #25 HU 75-70

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UPLAND, Ind. – A late game run pushed Taylor University (9-8, 4-1) past the #25 HU women’s basketball team 75-70 Wednesday night at Odle Arena in a Crossroads League clash that fans in the conference have come to expect when these two teams do battle.

The loss is HU’s sixth in its last seven outings as Coach Culler’s crew drops to 8-8 on the year, 2-3 in league play.

After trailing for nearly all of the first half, including a ten-point deficit of 27-17 midway through the second quarter, the Foresters found themselves down by just one, 31-30, at intermission.

A chance to regroup at halftime served HU well as they turned things around in the third quarter to enjoy their first lead of the game when Sarah Fryman hit a turnaround jumper in the lane for a 35-34 tilt at the 8:33 mark.

While the Trojans would steal back the lead, an advantage that lasted for just over 60 seconds, Allyson Trout buried two freebies and knocked down her second triple of the evening to inch her team past their hosts, 42-39, with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.

Hailey Krewald picked up where Trout left off by draining a pair from downtown and scoring on a put back from a missed free throw to give Huntington its largest lead of the contest, 55-48, with 12 ticks left in the period before settling for a 55-50 advantage heading into the fourth.

Things looked promising for the Foresters as they held onto a four-point advantage, 63-59, with just over five minutes remaining but timely shooting by the Trojans did the visitors in. Josie Cobb’s three-pointer at the 5:21 mark was the first of three long balls in a row for Taylor that turned their four-point deficit into a four-point advantage within a 90-second span.

Kendall Bradbury, HU’s nemesis all night, scored down low on Taylor’s next possession to cap off what proved to be an 11-1 run and a 70-64 lead with just over three minutes remaining. HU never recovered as three points would be as close as they would get the rest of the way before suffering their third conference loss.

Miranda Palmer was HU’s constant on the offensive end. After scoring 17 of her team’s 30 first half points, the Arcadia (OH) native finished with a game-tying 26 points to go along with three assists. Krewald finished with 13 points while Fryman and Trout each added ten.

Bradbury, this week’s Crossroads League Player of the Week, was Taylor’s mainstay offensively as she, just like Palmer, finished with 26 points. She also took top rebounding honors with nine. Cassidy Wyse poured in 18 points while Cobb and Lacey Garrett tallied 11 and ten points respectively for the Trojans.

The win is only TU’s fifth W in the last 14 matchups against the Foresters.

HU returns to Platt Arena on Saturday to host Spring Arbor University at 3:30 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.