Lady Foresters making headlines

HU women’s basketball team is topping with the charts, leading the NAIA in free throw percentage, along with boasting members in the top assist/TO ration, free throw percentage, and scoring game.

SMASHING RECORDS: Sophomore Miranda Palmer hugs her teammate Allyson Trout after pulling out a win. Palmer holds the new record for single game scoring at HU at 48 points. (Photo provided by Huntington University)

The Lady Foresters’ Dec. 13 124-106 win against Olivet Nazarene University shattered two records in HU record books. First, the women set a new record for the most points scored in a game. Secondly, sophomore Miranda Palmer set the pace for her team, scoring a new program high of 48 points, breaking the previous single game record of 40 points held by Becky Stump and Cindy Schweikdardt. Palmer was 15-for-21 and 17-for-21 from the charity stripe during the comeback win.

Head coach Lori Culler was excited for Palmer’s achievement, crediting part of her success to her humility and ability to be a team player.

“We were excited to see Miranda break the single game scoring record that dates back 30 years,” Culler said. “Miranda has a very versatile game, and she used her broad skill set to find a variety of ways to score. But even larger than her skill set is her spirit of humility. She is a team player that works very hard on her game in order to be able to help her team win.”

When asked about her contribution, a humble Palmer credited her team for helping her in the record-breaking performance in the fast-paced game.

“It was a very fast-paced game with a lot of possessions,” Palmer said. “[The team] just tried to beat [ONU] at their own game. It didn’t even feel like I scored a lot. It just felt like we were getting the ball up the floor as fast as possible, and whoever was open was taking the shot.”

Known for being a second half team, the Lady Foresters astonished fans even more by accomplishing their celebrated feats in a comeback, being down by as much as 25 points at one time.

Assistant coach Joanne Green said the game was special not only for the chance to celebrate the win, but to celebrate Palmer’s accomplishment.

“Palmer had an incredible game,” Green said. “It was fun to not only celebrate the win, but also celebrate her record-breaking performance. She is obviously a great player and works extremely hard, so this is a well-deserved accomplishment.”

Forester record books aren’t the only thing the have had people talking about HU’s ladies.

As of Dec. 17, HU’s Courtney Baker was eighth in the NAIA for Assist/TO Ratio. Amelia Recker was fifth and Palmer eighth in free-throw percentage. Palmer was also fifth in the NAIA in scoring per game with 22.18 points per game. The team currently leads the NAIA in free throw percentage with .838 percent.

The Lady Foresters will resume action Dec. 30 when they participate in the Arizona Christian University Classic.

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