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Foresters struggle early on the way to 73-62 loss to USF

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – After digging themselves into a deep hole through the first 20 minutes, the HU women’s basketball team couldn’t recover to suffer a 73-62 loss to the University of Saint Francis Wednesday night at Hutzell Athletic Center.

The hole was a 19-point deficit as the Foresters headed into intermission down 40-21 after scoring just nine field goals on 30.0 percent shooting while committing 12 first half turnovers, two shy of their season average for a game.

After racing out to a 4-0 lead, which proved to be HU’s only advantage of the night, not a whole lot went right for Coach Culler and crew the rest of the contest. They hit a five-minute dry spell to find themselves down 16-4 with two-and-a-half minutes to go in the quarter.

HU spent the rest of that frame and the first three minutes of the second quarter eating away at USF’s lead to cut it to four at 19-15. Unfortunately their offense went south again for the final seven minutes of the half allowing Saint Francis to build their comfortable 19-point cushion.  

Huntington pieced together several mini runs in the final 20 minutes with their most substantial threat coming too little too late as they rattled off seven unanswered points to whittle the lead to eight, 70-62, with 23 ticks remaining. It was the only time in the second period that the difference dipped below ten but HU would get no closer as USF scored the final three points to extend their advantage back to double digits by the final horn.

The Foresters (13-13, 7-8) are 2-6 on the road in Crossroads League action and tonight’s loss drops them into 5th place in the conference standings along with Goshen while the Cougars (14-14) improve to 8-7 in league play for sole possession of the 4th spot.

Brooke Saylor came up big for HU by posting new career highs of 21 points and 20 rebounds for her third double double of the year. Miranda Palmer added 19 points and four assists. Sarah Fryman chipped in ten points as Huntington’s only other double digit scorer.

As a team, the Foresters finished 35.9 percent from the floor (23-for-64) and 13-for-16 from the line for 81.3 percent. They won the battle of the boards 42-38 but committed 20 TOs to USF’s 16.

Lauren McBryar scored nine of her 16 points in the first quarter to pace the Cougars. Classmate Kara Gerka finished with 14 points and eight boards while Josie Murphy and Savannah Buck added 11 and ten points respectively.

The Foresters head back to Platt Arena on Saturday to host #4 Marian University at 1:00 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 254 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.