Cumberland buzzer-beater stops HU women

A buzzer-beating shot by Cumberland University saddled the visiting Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 53-51 defeat on Saturday, Dec. 16.

With two seconds on the clock, the Phoenix’s Ant’Treasia Patton hit a jumper to lift her squad to a two-point victory in what was a back-and-forth affair from the opening whistle. The Foresters, 9-4, took a 13-12 lead in the first quarter before falling behind by halftime, 27-22. Coach Lori Culler’s squad retook the lead in the third, however, thanks in large part to junior Casey Morton, who poured in eight of her 10 points for the game in less than 90 seconds to send Huntington into the final frame up 44-42.

The Foresters kicked off the fourth with a 5-0 run before the Phoenix countered with a 7-0 run to knot the contest at 49-49. After sophomore Sarah Fryman swished a pair of free throws to put Huntington back in front, Cumberland’s Jailen Murphy responded with a layup to deadlock the game once more, at 51-51, with 1:52 to go, which set the stage for Patton’s late-game heroics.

Huntington was paced by senior Hailey Krewald, who produced 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Brooke Saylor added 12 points and as many rebounds.

The Foresters went 17 of 46 from the field for 37 percent and 10 of 12 at the free-throw line for 83.3 percent.

The Phoenix, 9-4, were led by Patton, who finished with 17 points. Micah Norris chipped in 11 points to the hosts’ cause.

Cumberland converted 21 of 58 field goal attempts for 36.2 percent and 5 of 10 freebie tosses for 50 percent.

Kaitlin Oliver corralled 14 rebounds to give the Phoenix a 41-29 advantage on the boards.