Forester comeback falls short in final seconds against IWU women

Sarah Fryman and Hailey Krewald sparked an inspired comeback in the final period but host Indiana Wesleyan University was able to hang on to defeat the Huntington University women’s basketball team, 67-64, on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Foresters faced their biggest deficit of the game at 56-43 early in the fourth quarter, but Fryman and Krewald combined for 15 points down the stretch to bring HU within a point at 65-64 with less than 30 seconds to go. The Foresters even had a chance to take the lead, but a turnover cost them the shot.

Fryman, a sophomore, and Krewald, a senior, both notched 20 points to lead HU, 15-10 overall, 8-6 in Crossroads League play. Sam Hammel added 12 points off the bench.

The 20th-ranked Wildcats, 19-7 overall and 11-3 in league play, got 16 points off the bench from Elaina Ededuwa. Anna Imhoff had 15 points and Brittany Washington added 12 points.

IWU won the opening quarter to the tune of 15-9 and had a lead of 29-19 at the half. HU knocked that down to 48-41 by the start of the fourth quarter before IWU pulled out to its biggest margin.

Fryman added a team-high nine rebounds to the HU stat line. Maddie Richer led in assists with three.

The Foresters hit 22 of 46 shots from the field for a healthy 47.8 percent and knocked down 14 of 16 freebies for 87.5 percent. IWU hit 24 of 57 from the field for 42.1 percent and 13 of 22 from the free-throw line for 59.1 percent.