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HU wards off scrappy Holy Cross squad for 77-64 win

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Huntington women’s basketball team extended its win streak to three Wednesday night with a 77-64 win over Holy Cross College at McKenna Arena.

After coming up empty on its opening two possessions, the Foresters scored on seven straight for a 13-7 lead midway through the first quarter. They would go on to miss just three shots in the next five minutes to enjoy a 24-18 advantage at the first break.

Offense didn’t come quite so easily for Huntington in the second quarter as the Saints, who live or die by the three-pointer, spent the first six minutes outscoring their visitors by ten for a 34-30 lead. Nevertheless, there was no panic in Coach Culler’s crew as they spent the final four minutes countering with a 9-1 run spearheaded by back-to-back buckets by Cindy In’t Groen and a triple by Maddie Richer for a 39-35 halftime lead.

After dropping in three from long range through the first 20 minutes, Holy Cross matched that to start the third quarter with Tagin Schultheis accounting for all three in the opening five minutes to force what proved the 13th and final lead change of the game at 50-49.

Behind six points from Sarah Fryman, the Foresters scored 11 straight points for the game’s first double-digit difference with just over a minute and some change remaining in the quarter.

The Saints fired up another three that found nothing but the bottom of the net and Keysha Streater scored down low to get HCC right back in it at 60-55 to start the fourth. But it was in that final ten minutes that Holy Cross finally cooled off by going 3-for-15 from the field to score just nine points.

HU, on the other hand, connected on six of their nine field goal attempts and canned five of their seven freebies down the stretch to blow the game open by the final buzzer.

As a team, the Foresters shot over .500 for the game (31-for-58) which included going 4-for-10 from deep while scoring 11 points from the line. The Saints shot 41.0 percent from the field with half of their shots coming behind the arc where they went 9-for-30.

Huntington out-rebounded their hosts 37-26 behind Brooke Saylor’s game-best ten boards. The 5-10 forward also tossed in 16 points for her second consecutive double double.

After scoring just six points in the first half, Fryman exploded for 17 points in the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-high 23 points - a new career high. Sam Hammel came off the bench to add 12 points and snag a game-best four steals.

Schultheis topped her team with 21 points including 15 from deep. Streater poured in 17 points and Jessica Norris tallied 11.  

The Foresters (3-1) are a perfect 6-0 against the Saints under the leadership of Culler. HU hits the road again on Saturday to tip-off with Judson University at 1:00 p.m. CST.

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.