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Palmer named Crossroads League Player of the Year

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Crossroads League announced its post-season awards for the 2016-17 basketball season and headlining the news is HU senior Miranda Palmer as the Crossroads League Player of the Year as voted on by the coaches.

Palmer splashed onto the scene as a freshman and has garnered plenty of attention ever since. The Arcadia native (Arcadia HS) has been recognized by the league in each of her years as a Forester. As a rookie, she earned a spot on the All-Freshmen Team and has since been named First Team All-Conference each season.

The 5-6 guard leads the Foresters in scoring (21.0 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.0 spg). She has earned Crossroads League’s Player of the Week accolades twice this season and currently ranks in the top five in the league in six different statistical categories including 2nd in scoring, 3rd in FG percentage (.487), 3rd in 3-point FG made/game (1.97), 4th in assists, 5th in steals and 5th in FT percentage (.809)

Palmer topped her conference peers in stellar points this year by pouring in 39 points against Olivet Nazarene University on December 10.

Palmer is just the second Forester to earn Conference Player of the Year honors. She is HU’s all-time leading scorer and to date has scored 2,144 points for a career average of 17.0 ppg.

Huntington North High School product in senior Allyson Trout was also recognized by the Crossroads League as an Honorable Mention pick for her outstanding play this season.

Trout currently tosses in 11.5 points per while handing out 2.4 assists per night second on the team only behind Palmer in both designations. The 5-8 senior guard ranks 7th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (1.83), 11th in blocks (14), 11th in 3-point FG percentage (.331), 16th in assists and 19th in scoring. To date, she has knocked down 55 three-pointers.

After knocking off 3rd-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University last night, the 6th-seeded Foresters (15-15) will head to 2nd-seeded Saint Francis on Friday in semifinal action of the Crossroads League Tournament.  

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.