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Strong second half lifts #22 HU past Bethel

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. – After a slow start, the 22nd-ranked HU women’s basketball team pulled away for a 62-52 win over Bethel College Wednesday night at Gates Gymnasium.

With this win, the Foresters improve to 7-2 overall, 2-0 in league play while the Pilots (0-10, 0-2) are left still looking for their first win of the year.

BC’s record is misleading, just ask Coach Culler and crew. The Pilots scored the game’s first seven points and would go on to enjoy a 13-10 advantage after the opening ten minutes. They continued building on their lead to double up the Foresters for a 24-12 advantage five minutes into the second half.

HU managed just two points through those first five minutes before finally coming to life. Paige Coolman scored down low to ignite a 12-2 run to close out the quarter and trim the deficit to just two, 26-24, by the halfway point.

Huntington finally turned the corner in the third quarter. Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout teamed up to score 17 of HU’s 19 points to establish their first lead of the night, 31-29, at the 5:33 mark on the way to a 43-38 advantage heading into the final period.

Brooke Saylor scored on either side of a Palmer bunny to push the lead to double digits at 49-39 with six minutes to go. HU spent most of their time at the free line after that where they went 9-for-10 to keep the Pilots at bay for the ten-point victory.

When all was said and done, Huntington’s defense was the key to their win as they limited the Pilots to just 28 points in the final 25 minutes. They forced 21 Bethel turnovers over the course of the night while committing just nine themselves.

Palmer and Trout topped the Foresters with 21 and 16 points respectively. Palmer also logged a game-high three steals while Brooke Saylor took top rebounding honors for HU with nine, four of which were offensive.

Savannah Bley led the Pilots with a career-tying 21 points to go along with nine rebounds. Madison Schrock added 12 points and Danielle Davis came off the bench to finish with ten.  

The Foresters hit the road again on Saturday to face 13th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan at 1:00 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.