HU women hang on for win over Taylor

The Huntington University women’s basketball team hung on for a 75-68 win over visiting Taylor University on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

With the Foresters clinging to a four-point lead, 67-63, with 39 seconds remaining, seniors Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout came up big for their squad on senior night. The duo evenly split Huntington’s final eight points of the game at the free-throw line to seal the win.

Trout finished with a team-high 18 points while Palmer topped out at 13. Sophomore Maddie Richer also scored 13 points and junior Miranda White chipped in 12.

Huntington, 14-14, 8-9 in Crossroads League play, led 17-15 after the first quarter, then scored 11 points in the second while limiting Taylor to just five to craft a 28-20 advantage by halftime. Coach Lori Culler’s squad was up 52-46 at the end of three periods and led by as many as 13 points in the final frame before the Trojans whittled the deficit down to single digits.

The Foresters shot 43.6 percent from the floor on 24 of 55 marksmanship. At the free-throw line, the hosts missed only twice in 22 attempts to shoot 90.9 percent.

Taylor, 12-17, 7-10 in league action, got a game-best 23 points from Kendall Bradbury. The forward also pulled down a contest-high 11 rebounds to help give her squad a 40-37 advantage on the glass.

The Trojans converted 23 of 64 field goal attempts for 35.9 percent and 13 of 16 freebie tries for 81.3 percent.

Trout had four assists to lead HU in that department. Saylor led in rebounds with seven.