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HU grabs early lead on way to 71-66 win over Cornerstone

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester women’s basketball team (1-1) topped Cornerstone University 71-66 on day one of the Crossroads League/WHAC Classic. HU will face their second WHAC opponent in Aquinas College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Platt Arena.

Tonight’s win was Huntington’s first of the year and made possible by their stingy defense. Culler’s squad gave up 66 points on 36.7 percent shooting. They limited their visitors to just 22 field goals with the other 19 points coming by way of the charity stripe.

Composure was also the key to HU’s success. A Sarah Fryman three-point play midway through the first quarter gave the Foresters a lead they would never give up. HU extended the lead to nine, 21-12, to open the second but the Golden Eagles rattled off the next eight points to close the gap to a single point before HU took a stand. Over the next seven minutes, Huntington gave up just five points to head into the locker room up 32-26.

After being strapped with foul trouble through the opening 20 minutes, Hailey Krewald came out guns a blazing to start the third. After a nifty assist to Brooke Saylor, the 5-7 sparkplug gave HU its first double-digit lead of the night with a ten-foot jumper at the 7:01 mark for a 41-30 advantage. She capped off the quarter by swiping a pair of steals for breakaway layups to increase the lead from six to ten.  

The Golden Eagles didn’t go down without a fight as they trimmed the lead to two possessions on several occasions in the fourth but each time the Foresters answered.

Casey Morton found nothing but the bottom of the net on a long ball early in the quarter to squelch a CU run and five minutes later, Maddie Richer followed suit to deny Cornerstone any hopes of a heroic comeback. Fryman then connected on three of her four freebies in the final 15 seconds to close out the game for the five-point win.

Fryman was the only Forester to get to the line where she went 7-for-8 on her way to a game-tying 20 points. She also posted five rebounds, three assists and two steals for an all-around solid performance. Saylor recorded her first double double of the year with 12 points and a game-best 11 rebounds, five of the offensive variety.

Morton was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range in addition to scoring on a put back to finish with 11 points as HU’s third double-digit scorer. Sam Hammel handed out a game-high five dimes to go along with eight points.

As a team, HU finished 29-for-64 from the floor for 45.3 percent. They committed 14 turnovers to CU’s 17 but lost the battle of the boards 42-33.

Jesse Sheridan poured in 20 points for the Golden Eagles while Lizzy Otten tossed in 13 and Sydney Muller registered 11.

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.