HU women lose fast-paced hoop opener

The Huntington University women’s basketball team lost a basketball game disguised as a track meet in a season-opening 107-92 loss to 23rd-ranked, visiting Olivet Nazarene University.

The visiting Tigers used their brand of continual full-court press, fast-paced offense to take a 62-40 lead by halftime. The Foresters fought their way back to a single-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter, but that was a close as Coach Lori Culler’s squad could get.

Former Huntington North standout Sarah Fryman led the Foresters with a career-high 22 points, and the sophomore added a game-best nine rebounds and five assists.

Junior point guard Maddie Richer also had a new career-high with 17 points, and she added four assists, while Hailey Krewald added 15 points, seven rebounds and a game-best five steals.

HU outshot the visitors, hitting 35 of 65 field goal attempts for 53.8 percent on the night, while the Tigers hit 39 of 80 from the floor for 48.8 percent. The Foresters also outrebounded the visitors, 39-34.

Jess Learned topped Olivet Nazarene, 2-0, with 18 points. Five Tigers reached double figures in scoring as Maggie Schmidt added 15 points, Capriana Christian poured in 13, Trinity Davis added 12 and Stef Bazigos had 10.