Krewald, Foresters just short against Marian

Huntington University forward Brooke Saylor goes up for a shot over Marian's Karen Jones near the hoop in play Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost by a point, 61-60.
Huntington University forward Brooke Saylor goes up for a shot over Marian's Karen Jones near the hoop in play Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost by a point, 61-60. Photo by Steve Clark.

Hailey Krewald almost pulled off a miraculous finish singlehandedly, but visiting Marian was able to hang on for a 61-60 win over the Huntington University women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13.

Krewald, a senior guard, scored seven points in the final minute of play, but Marian, 18-2, was still able to leave Platt Arena with the “W” as HU fell to 11-8 on the season, 4-4 in Crossroads League play.

Krewald finished with a season-best 22 points, hitting 8 of 12 field goal tries and all four from the charity stripe.

Marian, two-time defending national champs, had a 60-49 lead with just over two minutes to play after a 16-0 spurt erased a five-point HU lead. But HU was hardly done thanks to Maddie Richer and Krewald. Richer hit two free throws and a fielder to bring the HU deficit down to 60-53 before Krewald took over.

Marian hit only one of six free throw attempts to help HU and Krewald stay in the contest.

Richer finished with 12 points and Brooke Saylor added 10 points to goal along with a game-high 19 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Rachel Titzer came off the Marian bench with 17 points, including notching a pair of triples in her team’s 16-0 run late in the game. Dejah Cyrus added 11 points and 15 rebounds and Kellie Kirkhoff had 10 points.

The Foresters hit 21 of 51 field goal attempts for the contest for 41.2 percent. They were especially deadly at the free-throw line, notching 13 of 14 shots for 92.9 percent.

Behind Saylor’s big board efforts, they won the battle of the glass, 40-28.

Marian hit 22 of 53 shots from the field for 41.5 percent and added a 10- of 19 free throw effort for 52.6 percent.

Richer led HU in assists with three.