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Richer takes over in OT to spur HU to 67-58 win over Aquinas

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sophomore Maddie Richer saved her best for last Friday night by scoring all ten of her points in overtime in an impressive 67-58 come-from-behind win over Aquinas College (2-2) at Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center on day one of the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge.

The 5-3 point guard knocked down a pair of triples within a 30-second span to give her team a 61-54 advantage with two minutes remaining in the extra period before going a perfect 4-for-4 at the line down the stretch to seal the win. Ten points ties a career-best.

The final spread served as HU’s largest lead of the contest but just as impressive as their OT performance was the three and a half minutes leading up to the extra session. Done by nine, 48-39, with 3:35 remaining in regulation, things looked bleak for the Foresters but the Saints learned the hard way that you can never count Culler’s gritty crew out.

Casey Morton ignited HU’s final push in regulation by scoring down low with just over three minutes remaining. It was the start of a 10-1 run that saw three of her teammates put points on the board including a picture perfect drive and dish by Miranda Palmer that resulted in a Brooke Saylor layup. Saylor’s bucket gave the Foresters a 49-48 lead with 24 seconds to go, their first advantage since the first quarter.

AC’s Anna Omness then sent the game to OT by going 1-for-2 at the line with four ticks remaining to account for the Saints’ lone point in nearly four minutes. Aquinas would go on to enjoy just one lead after that, a 52-50 tilt just over a minute into OT, before Richer and company took over to outscore their hosts 17-6 the rest of the way.

Palmer was also instrumental in the overtime period, logging an old fashioned three-point play and three freebies to account for six of her game-high 28 points. She also dished out a game-high five assists. Saylor turned in career-best numbers by logging 12 points and eight rebounds.

McKenzie Breimayer was the lone Saint to finish in double digits with 17 points.

Huntington improves to 2-0 on the year. They hit the hardwood again on Saturday for a 5:00 p.m. matchup with No. 8 Davenport University.

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.