Strong fourth quarter helps HU women down No. 17 IWU

Huntington University forward Paige Coolman launches a short jumper against Indiana Wesleyan University at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4. Coolman scored four points off the bench in the Foresters' 56-55 win.
Huntington University forward Paige Coolman launches a short jumper against Indiana Wesleyan University at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4. Coolman scored four points off the bench in the Foresters' 56-55 win. Photo by Steve Clark.

A strong fourth quarter helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team edge No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan University, 56-55, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

Trailing the Wildcats by seven points, 46-39, shortly after the start of the final frame, the Foresters turned the game upside down with a 10-0 scoring spree. The hosts’ star, Miranda Palmer, sparked the run with a basket in the paint at the 8:16 mark. Sophomore Brooke Saylor followed that up with a pair of free throws before junior Hailey Krewald buried a triple. Senior Allyson Trout logged an assist on the Krewald trey, then drained one of her own, getting a helping hand from Palmer, which gave Huntington a 49-46 advantage with 5:55 to go.

Indiana Wesleyan knotted the game up twice in the following three minutes and change. The second deadlock came at the 2:35 mark when Chelsea Winner hit the first of two free throws to tie the contest at 54-54 before giving the Wildcats the one-point lead with a second swish. Palmer, however, came up big once again for Huntington. The program’s newly minted all-time scorer added two more points to her career total with a pair of makes at the charity stripe that gave the Foresters a lead that would stick with 1:45 left in the game.

Palmer finished with a team-high 12 points and seven assists. Trout and Krewald topped out at 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Huntington, 13-12, 7-7 in the Crossroads League, shot 34 percent from the field on 18 of 53 marksmanship and 66.7 percent at the line on 10 of 15 effort.

Winner paced Indiana Wesleyan, 16-10, 9-5 in league play, with 17 points. Anna Imhoff chipped in 12 points to the guests’ cause.

The Wildcats converted 23 of 55 field goal attempts for 41.8 percent and all six of their freebie tries.

Kelsey Key corralled 10 rebounds to give Indiana Wesleyan a slim advantage on the glass, 36-34. Saylor led the Foresters with a career-best 12 boards.