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Fryman's big night fuels Foresters women

POINTS: Junior forward Sarah Fryman established a new career-high of 30 points during Huntington University’s 66–57 victory over Goshen on Wednesday night.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University women’s basketball team claimed a 66–57 road victory against Goshen in a Crossroads League matchup on Wednesday night, improving the Foresters’ season record to 11–7, including a 4–3 Crossroads League mark.

Huntington dominated glass play early on, registering 11 rebounds in the first five minutes of the game, helping the Foresters get out to a 12–4 lead. Huntington would extend their lead to 14–4 six minutes into the first quarter, but the Maple Leafs would then shut down the Foresters and finish the frame on a 5–0 run, bringing the score to 14–9 in Huntington’s favor after the first quarter of play.

The second quarter saw an uptick in offense for both sides, as the teams buried basket after basket throughout the period, though neither team could string together a streak larger than 5–0. Huntington would outscore Goshen 19–18 in the quarter, sending the game to halftime with the Foresters holding a 33–27 lead.

Neither team could put together an extended run in the third quarter, similarly to the second quarter. However, despite the slight decrease in scoring, the Foresters still managed to come out on top in the period, scoring 16 points to Goshen’s 12 to extend their lead to 49–39.

With a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Goshen needed a push to get back into the game. That came via an 8–3 run to start the quarter, bringing the deficit to five points at 52–47 with 5:59 left in the game. With a Maple Leaf comeback in the works, the Foresters quickly responded to put any doubt to rest, restoring their 10-point advantage following a 5–0 run.

Though Goshen would get the Forester lead down to six points, junior forward Sarah Fryman buried a three-pointer with 1:14 left, starting a 7–0 run for Huntington late in the game. The Maple Leafs would score the game’s final four points, but it would be too little, too late, as the Foresters came away with the 66–57 win.

“They change defenses a lot and try to keep teams off balance by doing that,” said head coach Lori Culler. “I thought we handled that really well. … We seem to struggle (at Goshen because) it’s a hard place for us to play. It’s great to come away with a win.”

Generally, in a game where an offense scores 66 points, it would typically be a safe assumption that multiple players had strong offensive performances.

However, at least in terms of scoring, Huntington’s victory was heavily fueled by Fryman, who established a new career-best mark of 30 points in the win.

Fryman’s performance featured game-highs of four conversions from beyond the arc, 10 made field goals and six made free throws, a perfect mark from the charity stripe. Fryman also grabbed five rebounds and dished out a trio of assists for Huntington.

“Early in the game, she was not as effective as she could have been because I think that she was a little intimidated by the size of their post players and was doing a little more fadeaway, fallaway shots,” Culler said. “(I) talked to her about trying to be more aggressive and getting her feet set, faking, going up strong with it and to get to the foul line a little bit more. I think she really made a good adjustment with that in the second quarter and second half. She also hit four threes for us, too.”

Senior forward Brooke Saylor was the only other Forester to crack double digits, scoring 12 points for Huntington. Saylor also posted team-high totals of two blocks and four assists.

However, where Saylor truly excelled in the game was on the glass. Saylor snagged a game-high 15 rebounds, including a career-high 13 defensive rebounds.

“(Brooke) had a great game herself with a double-double,” Culler said. “She had 15 boards; 13 of them were defensive. It’s nice to see her get offensive rebounds, but tonight, being able to secure that many defensive ones just meant their post players didn’t come up with them. Really, when you know how hard she was battling them to not let them get the ball, which would take her out of good rebounding position, and then have to fight to get back into rebounding position, that’s just a lot of work that she was putting in and she was relentless. It was awesome to watch.”

Senior guard Maddie Richer drained nine points in her return to the Foresters’ lineup after a bout with the flu. All of Richer’s points came via the deep ball. Richer also handed out three assists.

Sophomore guard Sam Hammel tallied seven points to go along with eight rebounds, one block, two assists and a game-high four steals in what was a productive and well-rounded night for the Anderson, Indiana, native.

Senior forward Casey Morton drained a pair of three-pointers off the bench for six points for Huntington, while junior forward Erin Mohr completed the Foresters’ offensive output with two points. Morton added one rebound, one block and one steal to her totals, while Mohr grabbed a trio of rebounds and two steals to round out her night.

As a team, Huntington converted on 10 three-pointers, something Culler was very pleased to see, especially given the Foresters’ troubles putting up points at Goshen.

Graysen Cockerham led the Maple Leafs with 18 points and registered a team-high eight rebounds. Alyson Prigge was the only other player for Goshen to reach double digits, scoring 12 points.

Taniece Chapman and Keyaira Murff filled up the scoresheet for the Maple Leafs, recording six points, six rebounds, one block and a team-leading three steals and six points, six rebounds, one steal, one assist and a team-best two blocks, respectively, in the loss for Goshen.

“Their size inside was what we felt we really needed to try to neutralize in some way because they’re very physical and they work pretty hard on the boards and those kinds of things,” Culler said. “So to hold both of their big girls to six points I thought was really a big deal. Brooke did a lot of that work for us and did a great job battling them.”

Up next for the Foresters is another Crossroads League duel, this time a battle with No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan on Jan. 12. Opening tip-off for the contest is set for 1 p.m. in Platt Arena.