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Palmer scorers her 2000th point in HU’s 63-62 win over SAU

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Huntington University senior Miranda Palmer became just the second player in program history to score 2,000 career points during Saturday’s 63-62 win over the Cougars of Spring Arbor University (11-13, 2-10).

Palmer needed just 12 points to hit the 2K mark and less than five minutes into the second quarter, the 5-6 guard scored her 14th point of the contest on a triple to put her over the 2000-point mark.

While her three-pointer at the 5:34 mark was historic, it paled in comparison to her final bucket of the day. Trailing the Cougars, 62-61, after Kylie Townsley’s jumper with eight ticks remaining, the Foresters inbounded the ball at half court to Palmer who weaved her way down the lane for an off balance left-handed layup with 2.6 seconds remaining for the game-winner as SAU’s last-ditch long ball drew nothing but air. 

The end was reminiscent of the whole afternoon as the game featured 11 ties and six lead changes with the two teams swapping the lead after each quarter. SAU was up by three, 18-15 after the first ten minutes by way of the long ball as 16 of their points came from behind the arc.

Palmer was a one-person wrecking ball in the second as she single-handedly matched SAU’s scoring in the quarter with ten points to give her team a six-point lead of 34-28 heading into intermission. She finished the half with 16 points to go along with three assists and two steals.

The third quarter was big for the Cougars as they doubled up their visitors 24-12. After Allyson Trout opened up the frame with a ten-footer to extend HU’s lead to eight, their largest lead of the day at 36-28, SAU mounted an impressive comeback behind the play of Townsley and Rachel Driesenga. The twosome combined to score 15 points to put their team back on top 52-46 heading into the final ten minutes.

A quick chance to regroup in between quarters was just what the doctor ordered as the Foresters pieced together a 7-1 run in the opening two minutes of the fourth to knot things up at 53-53. HU would go on to force two more deadlocks before enjoying their first lead of the quarter at the 1:23 mark when Hailey Krewald went 1-for-2 at the line to give Huntington a 61-60 advantage.

Neither team found the bottom of the net over the next minute of play but the last ten seconds didn’t disappoint as the game-ending flurry of activity favored the Foresters for their third consecutive victory.

Palmer finished with a game-high 28 points and game-best four assists. Trout chipped in 12 points while Brooke Saylor logged her second double double of the year with ten points and just as many boards.

Townsley topped Spring Arbor with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Autumn Goggin tallied 15 points. Driesenga added 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the game’s second double double.

The Foresters have enjoyed three straight wins over SAU which includes an 82-67 W earlier this month. HU, 12-11 on the year, improves to 6-6 in Crossroads League action to move into a tie for fifth in the conference standings with Saint Francis.

Huntington hits the road again on Wednesday to take on #RV Grace 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.