Forester women come up short but Palmer grabs scoring mark

Although the Huntington University women’s basketball team came up short to host Grace College, 61-59, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Foresters still had something to celebrate as their senior star, Miranda Palmer, became the program’s all-time leading scorer.

With her second basket of the game, Palmer broke Amy Bechtel’s scoring record of 2,019 points. The 5-6 guard finished with 19 points for the contest, which led all scorers. She also dished out a game-best five assists.

Unfortunately for Huntington, 12-12, 6-7 in the Crossroads League, no other player managed to score in double figures. As a team, the Foresters went 22 of 64 from the field for 34.4 percent, which included a 5 of 22 showing from beyond the arc, and 10 of 13 at the free-throw line for 76.9 percent.

Despite the close final score, Huntington led only twice in the contest, with both instances coming in the first quarter. The Foresters trailed 16-14 after the opening period and 35-31 at the half. Coach Lori Culler’s squad kept the deficit to just four points, 49-45, coming out of the third and forged a tied, 56-56, with 1:14 remaining in the fourth. However, a triple by Kelsie Peterson and a pair of free throws by Lauren Godfrey kept Grace in front by the end buzzer.

Godfrey finished with a team-high 14 points for the Lancers, 13-12, 8-5 in league play. Peterson topped out at 11 points while Haley Richardson and Vironnica Drake both tallied 10.

Grace hit 24 of 59 field goal attempts for 40.7 percent and 8 of 14 freebie tries for 57.1 percent.

The Lancers outrebounded the Foresters by a wide margin, 46-28.