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HU’s upset bid over #23 IWU comes up just short

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - After leading for most of the day, the HU women’s basketball team couldn’t pull off the upset as they suffered a heart-breaking 60-59 loss to #23 Indiana Wesleyan University (9-2, 3-0) Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena.

The loss snapped an eight-game win streak as Huntington drops to 8-2 on the year, 2-1 in league play.

The Wildcats’ first lead since early in the first quarter came with 4:13 remaining on their eighth long ball of the night for a 55-54 lead. Both teams pride themselves on defense so nothing came easy after that as the visitors pushed the lead to three on their next possession but then got stuck on 57 for the next three minutes.

Unfortunately, HU struggled to put in the ball in the hole as well but managed to knot things up on a Sarah Fryman bucket and Brooke Saylor freebie with just under a minute remaining for a 57-57 deadlock.

Nicole Ignasiak and Saylor, who had gone head-to-head the entire afternoon, then traded baskets to draw another stalemate, the game’s sixth, at 59s but it was Ignasiak who had the final say as the 6-1 forward drew a foul and made good on one of her two free tosses to edge her team on top with nine ticks remaining.

The Foresters got a good look down low for the win with 0.9 seconds remaining but couldn’t get it to fall as their upset bid came up just short.

Culler’s crew did a lot of things well. They outrebounded their much taller peers 37-31 which included tracking down 13 offensive boards while limiting IWU to just eight. They also sizzled the nets from long range to drain ten of their 22 threes for 45.5 percent. Both teams took care of the ball with the Wildcats committing two fewer turnovers, nine, to HU’s 11.

Hailey Krewald led the charge behind the arc by draining four on her way to scoring a team-best 15 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds. Fryman added 14 points and two steals. Saylor finished with 11 points, a team-high nine rebounds and five assists.

Casey Morton and Sam Hammel were HU’s sparks off the bench. Morton tallied 11 points which included going 3-for-4 from deep while Hammel handed out a team-best seven assists and collected four rebounds.

Ignasiak took home game-high honors with 23 points and ten rebounds. Jene’e Goodwin and Katie Key added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Wildcats.

HU will look to get back on track on Wednesday when they road trip to Grace College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the Lancers.

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.