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Foresters head into Thanksgiving break with 51-44 win over Goshen

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GOSHEN, Ind. - The turkey and stuffing will be that much better this year for the Forester women’s basketball team  as they head into Thanksgiving break riding a seven-game win streak after squeaking past Goshen College (1-7, 0-1) Tuesday night at Gunden Gymnasium 51-44 on opening night of league play.

It wasn’t one of HU’s best outings of the season but composure was once again key for Culler’s crew. After trailing for all but a handful of possessions through the first 36 minutes, the Foresters finally took a lead that lasted, 47-44, with 3:31 to go.

Huntington managed just two triples on the night but both came at critical times in the fourth. The first, a bomb in the corner by Maddie Richer, snapped a Goshen 7-0 run midway through the frame to force the game’s fifth deadlock.

The second long ball proved to be the game-winner as it gave Huntington its permanent lead. After causing Goshen to cough up the ball for the 20th time, Richer found Hailey Krewald spotted up at the top of the key for the 47-44 go ahead.

Sarah Fryman then scored the game’s final four points to secure her team’s first conference win. Those four points capped off an 11-point fourth quarter performance by the 5-9 forward who certainly would have been voted MVP of the comeback if such an award existed.

Defense has been key to Huntington’s success this season and tonight was no different as they held their hosts scoreless the final four minutes. The Foresters have limited their opponents to 14 points or less per quarter for 12 consecutive quarters, giving up an average of 41.7 points over those three games.

On this particular night, HU allowed just 16 field goals on 32.0 percent shooting. They also forced 22 Maple Leaf turnovers for 15 points at the other end of the floor.

Offense, on the other hand, did not come so easy for Huntington. Their first lead of the contest came with two minutes left in the third when Brooke Saylor scored down low for a 31-29 advantage, as the visitors would just as soon forget those first 28 minutes. They went on to enjoy the lead the rest of the quarter and beginning of the fourth and then turned the lead back over to Goshen before finally taking charge in the waning minutes when it mattered most. 

Fryman finished with 16 points for HU. Saylor posted her third straight double double with 11 points and game-best 12 boards. Sam Hammel and Cindy In’t Groen each added seven points while Richer finished with five points and dished out a game-best four assists.

Carley O’Neal was the only Goshen starter to finish in double digits with 11 points while Donnae Lipinski and Claire Rauck came off the bench to add ten and nine points respectively. Keyaira Murff topped her team in rebounds with 11 to go along with three steals and a block. Murff currently ranks 16th in the NAIA in total blocks with 12.

HU (7-1, 1-0) now has a break until November 29 when they host Bethel at 7:00 p.m.

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.