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Foresters advance to championship game with 78-40 win over Wright State Lake

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - After a slow start, the Huntington women’s basketball ran away with a 78-40 win over Wright State University Lake (0-6) Friday night of their own tournament. With this win, the Foresters (5-1) extend their win streak to five and advance to the championship game of the tourney where they will take on IU Southeast at 3:00 p.m.

After putting up just nine points through the opening ten minutes, HU more than doubled that in the first three minutes of the second quarter.

Cindy  In’t Groen made sure her team trended in the right direction by scoring within the opening ten seconds of the quarter after which Sam Hammel drained a three followed by two more from Maddie Richer to turn Huntington’s 10-9 deficit into a 20-12 advantage by the 6:43 mark.

Culler’s crew never looked back after that to grow the lead to 19, 34-15, by halftime. The gap widened to 33 after three quarters of play and finished as a 38-point difference, HU’s largest margin of victory so far this season.

Everyone saw action with ten different Foresters putting points on the board. It was a balanced attack with several individual performances highlighting the night. Richer finished with 12 points, all from deep, while dishing out a career-tying six assists.

Brooke Yoder came off the bench to toss in 11 points, which included scoring three buckets within a 75-second burst in the third quarter. Brooke Saylor also had an impressive third quarter by posting two old-fashioned three-point plays on her way to scoring ten points. She also hauled in a season-high 14 rebounds, six offensive, for her third double double of the year.

Freshman Alex Bope, in the first significant minutes of her young Forester career, erupted for ten points in the fourth quarter to round out HU’s double digit scoring. Hailey Krewald did a little bit of everything for Huntington to register eight points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds. Hammel put up nine points to go along with three steals and two assists.

HU finished 28-for-62 from the floor for 45.2 percent and 14-for-17 from the line for 82.4 percent. They crushed their visitors on the boards 44-24 which included 17 offensive rebounds for 23 second chance points. They also scored 22 points off 21 Laker turnovers.

Onyx Lopez led Wright State with a game-best 16 points while Nicole Fogt added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Tonight was the first time these two programs have met during Coach Culler’s 32-year tenure.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 274 All-America Scholar-Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.