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Foresters defeat Holy Cross

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University women’s basketball team picked up a 78–68 victory over Holy Cross on Tuesday evening in Platt Arena.

With the win, the Foresters improved their season record to 3–1 after opening their season with an 81–61 loss to No. 9 Indiana Tech in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

The Foresters were without star sophomore guard Sam Hammel, who suffered a sprained ankle during Huntington’s victory against RV Aquinas on Nov. 3, according to head coach Lori Culler. As a result, freshman guard Sara Doi got the start at point guard for the Foresters, the first start of her career.

“We were a little hesitant about how this game might go without (Hammel because) she’s been our catalyst in about every aspect of the game,” Culler said.

The Foresters struggled out of the gate, trailing 18–15 after the first quarter and 33–32 at halftime.

However, Huntington rebounded in a big way, putting together a huge third quarter, outscoring Holy Cross 27–15 in the frame to earn a 59–48 lead heading into the final quarter.

“We looked a little shaky to begin with,” Culler said. “We were down one at halftime, and then we had a big third quarter where we outscored them by 11. We kept it around that 10, 11, 12 distance the rest of the game. … I was very pleased.”

The Foresters would be edged by Holy Cross in the fourth quarter, 20–19, but the effort was too little, too late for the Saints, as Huntington earned the 78–68 win, improving the Foresters’ all-time record against Holy Cross to 7–0.

Junior forward Sarah Fryman led the way for the Foresters, posting a game-high and career-best 29 points in the contest while adding six rebounds.

Senior guard Maddie Richer buried 13 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc. Senior forward Brooke Saylor chipped in 10 points while snagging a team-high eight rebounds. The duo also tied to lead Huntington with four assists apiece. Doi finished with nine points, the most of her young Forester career.

Huntington’s defense forced 14 Holy Cross turnovers throughout the contest, with Saylor, Doi and junior forward Erin Mohr all reeling in two steals during the game.

“There were a lot of positives,” Culler said. “When somebody gets hurt that’s pretty important, you have to have people step up and I felt like a lot of different people contributed in big ways and we were able to come out with a hard-fought win.”

The Foresters will hit the court next on Nov. 10, hosting Judson in Platt Arena for a 7 p.m. start.