Palmer comes off bench firing to lead HU past IWU


Huntington University point guard Courtney Baker charges past the Indiana Wesleyan defense on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Platt Arena in the Foresters 51-49 victory. Photo by Scott Trauner.

Miranda Palmer scored a game-high 22 points off the bench to help the Huntington University women's basketball team edge visiting Indiana Wesleyan, 51-49, on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The win, the 500th of Coach Lori Culler's career, helped the No. 24 Foresters take second place in the Crossroads League from the Wildcats and improve to 10-3 in conference, 18-6 overall.

Palmer, a freshman, knocked down 7 of 14 from the field, a game-best three treys and all five of her attempts from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Kelsey Hubble supplied 10 points, while the Foresters' leading scorer, Pazia Speed, didn't log a double digit point total for the first time this season, finishing with nine points.

Speed came up big in the first half, though, tossing in seven of those points to help the hosts lead by as many as seven and keep pace with seventh-ranked Indiana Wesleyan for a 21-21 halftime tie.

The Wildcats seized control of the contest in the first 10 minutes of the final frame, leading by as many as six, 29-23, at 13:20. The Foresters didn't wilt, however, and a pair of freebies by Palmer deadlocked the game at 34-all with 9:51 to go before the frosh connected on her third three of the contest to give Huntington a lead it wouldn't relinquish at 39-36 with seven minutes remaining.

Katrina Blackmon closed Indiana Wesleyan to within two, 49-47, with 40 seconds left, but a Palmer bucket at 16 ticks made it a two-possession game and the visitors ran out of time.

Val Sohasky paced the Wildcats, 19-6, 9-4 in league play, with 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting.

The Foresters hit 20 of 48 from the field for 41.7 percent and 6 for 8 at the stripe for 75 percent.

Indiana Wesleyan achieved a 46.5 percent mark with a 20 for 43 effort and fired 50 percent from the line with a 4 for 8 showing.

Sophomore Amelia Recker and junior Courtney Baker pulled down nine and eight rebounds, respectively, but the Wildcats managed to edge the Foresters on the glass overall, 28-27.