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USF manhandles #RV Foresters 88-59

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – It was a night the #RV Forester women’s basketball team would just as soon forget as they suffered an 88-59 blowout to the University of Saint Francis (10-9, 5-2).

Offense typically isn’t an issue for Coach Culler’s squad as they came into the evening ranked 2nd in NAIA Division II in field goal percentage (.474) and 11th in scoring (80.5). But on this given night, it was a struggle as they scored a season-low 59 points on 44.2 percent shooting (23-for-52).

Even more frustrating than HU’s offensive woes was what happened at the other end of the floor. The Cougars were lights out from behind the arc where they canned 17 of their 28 threes for 60.7 percent. To add insult to injury, USF also scrapped after their missed shots to track down 16 offensive boards to the tune of 19 second chance points.

HU scored over 20 points below their season average while the Cougars scored over 20 points more than their season average to make for the perfect storm and Huntington’s largest margin of defeat this year.

Things didn’t start out poorly for the Foresters as they wrapped up the first quarter on top 21-16 but not much went right after that as they managed just eight points in the second stanza to find themselves behind the eight ball 41-29.

Back-to-back long balls from seniors Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout to start the second half trimmed their deficit to just six, 41-35, after which the wheels came off. Huntington managed just 24 points the rest of the way while their visitors were just warming.

Saint Francis drained ten three-pointers in the final 20 minutes at a clip of 76.9 percent to blow the game wide open.  

Brooke Saylor came off the bench to pace HU with a career-high 17 points and game-best eight rebounds and three blocks. Trout added 12 points as Huntington’s only other double digit scorer.

Kara Gerka took game-high scoring honors with 24, nine of which came from long range. Lauren McBryar and Savannah Buck tossed in 21 and 15 points respectively as the duo combined to go 10-for-12 from deep.

The Foresters (9-9, 3-4) have several days to regroup before Saturday’s trip to Indianapolis where they will face #5 Marian University 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.