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Huntington holds Holy Cross to 36 in lopsided win

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University women’s basketball team continued its winning ways on Tuesday, picking up a dominant 81–36 road win at Holy Cross to improve to a perfect 3–0 on the season.

The 45-point triumph was the Foresters’ biggest win since a monstrous 86-point victory over Great Lakes Christian on Nov. 18, 2016 that saw Huntington top its guests 114–28. The 36 points allowed on Tuesday are also the fewest since the Great Lakes Christian blowout.

The Foresters started well out of the gate, putting together a 13–4 stretch to open the game before taking a 20–8 lead into the second quarter.

An early 9–2 run pushed the Huntington lead to 17 at 29–12 just over four minutes into the frame. The Foresters took over the rest of the quarter, outscoring Holy Cross 16–4 over the final 5:08 to bring a 45–18 lead into the locker room.

Huntington ballooned the lead to as many as 41 points with a 12–0 streak in the middle of the third quarter to blow open a 63–22 lead. The scoreboard would read 65–27 Foresters entering the final frame.

An 8–0 run highlighted Huntington’s showing in the fourth quarter, which saw the Foresters empty their bench for a well-rounded 81–36 win when the final seconds ticked off the clock, as 10 different Foresters found the scoresheet.

Sarah Fryman led all players in the game with 20 points. The Huntington native reeled in six rebounds to place second in the game and added one assist and one steal.

Sam Hammel and Erin Mohr were the only other players to reach double digits in the contest, as Hammel dropped 12 points and added a game-best five assists to go along with four rebounds and two steals, while Mohr buried 11 points and chipped in with two rebounds and a steal.

Alexandria Bope and Jade Clement rounded out Huntington’s starters with six and five points, respectively, with Bope hauling in a game-best nine rebounds and handing out four helpers, while Clement swiped a pair of steals.

Sara Doi led the bench effort for the Foresters with seven points. Cindy In’t Groen followed closely behind with six points, while Dazia Drake (five), Logan Rowles (five) and Maddy Robrock (four) capped the scoring for Huntington.

Kaelyn Barlow led the way for Holy Cross with eight points with seven other Saints chipping in at least three points in the loss.

Of note for Holy Cross was Barlow and Arielle Thatcher tying for the game lead with two blocks apiece.

Huntington will return to the court on Friday, heading to face IU-South Bend for a 5:30 p.m. start.