Saylor's big effort leads HU women past IU Southeast in tourney championship game

Huntington University's Sarah Fryman unleashes a shot over an IU Southeast defender in the championship game of the Huntington University Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Foresters won, 61-41.
Huntington University's Sarah Fryman unleashes a shot over an IU Southeast defender in the championship game of the Huntington University Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Foresters won, 61-41. Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Brooke Saylor had one of the biggest games of her career to lead the Huntington University women’s basketball team to a 61-41 win over IU Southeast in the championship game of the Huntington University Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Saylor, a 5-10 forward, had game-highs of 16 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks as she walked away with tournament most valuable player honors.

IU Southeast entered the tournament averaging nearly 85 points a game but got locked down by the Foresters’ defense, connecting on only 13 of 56 shots from the field for just 23.2 percent and scoring no more than 12 points in any quarter.

The Foresters, 6-1, took an 11-9 lead after one quarter of play and stretched that to a 31-21 lead by halftime. They went into the final quarter with a 44-32 lead and just stretched it out in the final frame.

Saylor was backed up by Sarah Fryman, Hailey Krewald and Sam Hammel, each of whom knocked down 10 points.

Saylor hit 7 of 11 shots from the field to lead HU to a 27 of 58, 46.6 percent performance. The Foresters added 5 of 9 at the stripe for 55.5 percent.

Behind Saylor’s big board effort, HU held a 44-34 rebounding edge.

Maddie Richer had four assists for HU and Fryman, Saylor and Casey Morton each had three.

Ashley Johnson had 10 points to lead the Grenadiers.