Big third quarter carries Grace by HU women

A big third quarter by host Grace College helped the Lancers stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 67-61 loss on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The Foresters took a 15-6 lead on the Lancers in the first quarter. While the hosts cut into that margin in the second, Coach Lori Culler’s squad managed to stay on top by halftime, 33-30. Grace turned the game on its head in the third quarter, though. The Lancers tossed in 21 points while limiting the Foresters to just 10 to seize the lead at 51-43. The hosts then protected that advantage in the final frame, going up by as many as 11 before settling for the six-point win.

Huntington, 8-3, 2-2 in Crossroads League play, got 20 points from sophomore Sarah Fryman. Junior Casey Morton chipped in 11 points while junior Brooke Saylor added 10 points and as many rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.

Thanks to Saylor’s efforts on the boards, the Foresters enjoyed a 34-30 edge in that department.

Junior Maddie Richer helped facilitate Huntington’s offensive effort with six assists, which ties her career high.

The Foresters went 23 of 52 from the field for 44.2 percent and 9 of 12 at the free throw line for 75 percent.

Grace, 5-7, 2-2 in league play, was led by Brooke Sugg, who tallied 18 points.

The Lancers converted 18 of 49 field goal attempts for 36.7 percent. The hosts did much of their damage at the charity stripe, where they sank 26 of 31 tries for 83.9 percent.