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Foresters win 4th straight with 79-69 win over Judson

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ELGIN, Ill. - Hot shooting catapulted the HU women’s basketball team to a 79-69 win over Judson University Saturday afternoon at Lindner Fitness Center The win is Huntington’s fourth straight as Culler’s crew improves to 4-1 on the season.

The Foresters sizzled the nets to the tune of 58.7 percent (27-for-46) which included knocking down five of their 11 attempts from deep to shoot their way to a win in the Eagles’ home opener. While the visitors missed just seven shots in the final twenty minutes, their real bread and butter came at the line where they closed out the game with 11 straight to cruise to the win.

As a team, HU finished 20-for-27 from the charity stripe for 74.1 percent. The Eagles shot an even higher percentage, 18-for-21, but the Foresters’ stingy defense limited the hosts to just 36.1 percent from the field.

The Foresters played like they had just gotten off a three-and-a-half hour bus ride to open the game as Judson sprinted out to an 11-4 lead but Maddie Richer’s triple at the 6:45 mark finally brought some pep into HU’s step. It ignited a 10-2 run which included another long ball by Brooke Yoder for Huntington’s first advantage of 14-13 with just over three minutes left in the quarter.

While Huntington trailed at the first break, 20-16, a quick layup and three by Sam Hammel to start the second put HU back on top 21-20. It was the Sarah Fryman show the rest of the half as the 5-9 forward was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and cashed in on all three of her freebies to pour in 14 points in the quarter to give her team a 45-38 advantage by the midway point.

The Eagles would pull within six in the third stanza but would get no closer the rest of the way as HU relied on balanced scoring and their free throw fest to close out the game for their third straight double-digit win.

Hammel established a new career high in her young Forester career with a game-best 21 points which included going 8-for-11 from the line. The 5-7 guard also bested the contest with six assists and four steals.

Fryman added 20 points while Brooke Saylor finished with 15. They each corralled four rebounds to lead HU on the glass. Richer tallied 13 points to go along with four assists and two steals to round out HU’s solid offensive outing.

Starlette Keen paced Judson with 19 points. Jayla Barrett and Emylyn Wright finished with 15 and 11 respectively while Maggie Mahar came off the bench to toss in 11.

The Foresters have the week off until their tournament when they square-off with Wright State University Lake on Friday at 8:00 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.