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Fryman named conference Player of the Week

PASS: Sarah Fryman looks inside to make a pass during Huntington’s 79–77 overtime victory over No. 4 Indiana Tech last week.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Crossroads League announced its weekly conference honors on Monday and among the recipients was Huntington University women’s basketball senior forward Sarah Fryman, who earned the league’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor.

Fryman, a Huntington native, entered the season as the conference’s preseason pick as Player of the Year and has done nothing but back up the recognition since the season tipped off last Tuesday, helping guide head coach Lori Culler’s team to a spotless 2–0 record.

In two games last week, the Huntington North graduate racked up an average of 25.5 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

In the Foresters’ season opener against No. 4 Indiana Tech, Fryman dropped 24 points, including 10 makes from the floor. She added a pair of rebounds, three assists and three steals as Huntington started its season with a 79–77 upset victory in overtime.

Then, Fryman put together an impressive 27-point outing against Cornerstone, adding 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season to go along with another three helpers and one steal in a dominant 77–52 decision for the Foresters.

Fryman’s 25.5 points per game ranks fifth among all NAIA Division II players and is third among players who have played multiple games.

Additionally, Fryman’s 51 total points, 25.5 points per game, 21 made field goals, 39 field goal attempts, nine made free throws, 10 free throw attempts, eight rebounds all top the Foresters’ leaderboards this season, while her 14 rebounds and seven rebounds per game are tied for the team lead with Sam Hammel.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Sarah,” Culler said. “She played an integral role in both wins last week and demonstrated just how versatile a player she is. Against Indiana Tech, she was able to put the ball on the floor to score as well as score with her back to the basket in the paint. Against Cornerstone, she scored the bulk of her points in transition and on putbacks. She did a great job of letting the game come to her and not forcing the action. Definitely a great start to her senior season.”

Huntington was in action on Tuesday at Holy Cross, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

Fryman and the Foresters will hit the court on Friday, traveling to face IU-South Bend for a 5:30 p.m. opening tip.