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Foresters top Aquinas to finish 2-0 in CL/WHAC Classic

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU women’s basketball team picked up its second win in less than 24 hours to wrap up the Crossroads League/WHAC Classic with a 54-43 decision over Aquinas College Saturday afternoon. With this W, the Foresters improve to 2-1 and finish 2-0 against their WHAC opponents.

Saint Francis was the other Crossroads League team participating in the classic and they too tallied wins over Aquinas and Cornerstone for a 4-0 sweep over the WHAC in the annual league vs. league challenge.

Just like against Cornerstone last night, defense was the Foresters’ bread and butter. On this given day, HU limited the Saints to just 11 field goals on 22.0 percent shooting. The rest of Aquinas’ points came by way of the free throw line where they went 18-for-23.

Huntington’s defense created instant offense for the hosts as they converted 18 Aquinas miscues into 17 points. Half of AC’s turnovers were HU steals with Maddie Richer, Hailey Krewald and Sam Hammel each swiping a pair.

While offense didn’t necessarily come easy for either team, the Foresters got the job done at the other end of the hardwood to enjoy a lead for all but two minutes of the 40-minute contest. As a team, Culler’s crew finished 22-for-60 for 36.7 percent while going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

Scoring was by committee with Sarah Fryman and Casey Morton leading the way with 11 and ten points respectively.  Hammel added eight points and a game-best five assists. Richer tossed in eight points and dished out three assists.

The Foresters’ lead never crept into double digits through the first half but Saylor’s bucket in the paint two minutes into the third finally brook that barrier for a 31-21 tilt. The Saints would whittle it down to five three times but would get no closer as Richer, Morton and Krewald each nailed a triple at key moments in the final 13 minutes to hold their visitors at bay.

It was an evenly matched battle of the boards with HU owning a slim 41-40 advantage. Aquinas tracked down 13 offensive boards for ten second chance points to Huntington’s 11 for eight points. Brooke Saylor led the charge for HU with 12 caroms while Krewald corralled ten.

Momo Neal was the Saints’ only double-digit scorer with 14 points. Michaela Faber added eight points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds.

The Foresters have held the upper hand against Aquinas under Coach Culler’s tutelage - tallying 12 wins against six losses.  

HU hits the road for the first time this season on Wednesday to take on Holy Cross College at 5:30 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.