Sluggish start costs HU women in loss to USF

The Huntington University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start and fell to host University of Saint Francis, 73-62, on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters trailed their Crossroad League foes by eight points at the end of the first quarter, 17-9, and by 19 after the second, 40-21, and the third, 60-41, making it a challenge to mount a comeback in the fourth.

Huntington, 13-13, 7-8 in league play, was paced by Miranda Palmer and Brooke Saylor. Palmer, a senior, scored 21 points while Saylor, a sophomore, posted her third double-double of the season, pairing 19 points with 20 rebounds, both career highs.

Thanks to Saylor’s efforts, Huntington enjoyed a 42-38 edge on the glass.

The Foresters went 23 of 64 from the field for 35.9 percent, which included a frosty 3 of 21 showing from three-point land. The visitors added 13 points in 16 attempts at the free-throw line for 81.3 percent.

Lauren McBryar led USF, 13-14, 8-7 in league action, with 16 points. Kara Gerka tallied 14 points, Josie Murphy tossed in 11 and Savannah Buck netted 10.

The Cougars connected on 26 of 56 field goal attempts for 46.4 percent and 15 of 25 freebie tries for 60 percent.