Marian's late run sticks HU women with loss

Miranda White (left), a junior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, maneuvers around a defender from visiting Marian University in the lane during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Foresters fell to the Knights, 84-74.
Miranda White (left), a junior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, maneuvers around a defender from visiting Marian University in the lane during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Foresters fell to the Knights, 84-74. Photo by Steve Clark.

A late run helped visiting Marian University stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with an 84-74 loss on Saturday, Feb. 11.

With the Foresters leading by a single tally, 72-71, with four minutes left in the game, the fourth-ranked Knights ended the game on a 13-2 scoring spree to seize the lead and escape Platt Arena with the win.

Jessica Almeida scored four points during the run to finish with a game-high 21 for Marian, 25-3, 15-1 in the Crossroads League.

Huntington, 13-14, 7-9 in league play, was down by seven points after the first quarter, 24-17, but closed the gap to just two by halftime, 41-39. The Foresters trailed by only four, 63-59, at the end of three frames before eventually taking only their second lead of the game in the fourth, which set the stage for the Knights’ game-ending points binge.

Senior Miranda Palmer paced the Foresters with 16 points. Senior Allyson Trout tallied 14 points while junior Hailey Krewald netted 12 and sophomore Maddie Richer tossed in 10.

Huntington went 24 of 53 from the field for 45.3 percent and 19 of 28 at the free-throw line for 67.9 percent.

Marian converted 31 of 59 field goal attempts for 52.5 percent and 14 of 20 freebie tries for 70 percent.

The Knights got a double-double from Jenna Sullivan, who scored 15 points and collected 11 rebounds. Her efforts on the glass helped the visitors finish with a 35-31 rebounding edge.

Marian’s offensive effort was rounded out by Dejah Cyrus and Kellie Kirkhoff, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.