Forester women also upset ranked USF

Five players scored in double figures to propel the Huntington University women’s basketball team past 25th-ranked University of Saint Francis, 78-73, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Platt Arena.

Sophomore Sarah Fryman led the Foresters’ offensive effort with 20 points, dropping in 8 of 9 shots from the field. Brooke Saylor matched her teammate’s shooting effort, finishing with 16 points.

Saylor also pulled down 12 rebounds to record her 15th double-double of the season. Behind the junior’s rebounding effort, Huntington enjoyed a 36-25 advantage on the boards.

Junior Casey Morton scored 17 points off the bench while senior Hailey Krewald and freshman Sam Hammel tossed in 11 points apiece for Huntington, which improves to 16-10, 9-6 in Crossroads League play.

It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Foresters trailing 22-17 after the first quarter before seizing the lead by halftime, 41-37. The Cougars snatched the lead back in the third quarter, 58-57, but Coach Lori Culler’s squad had the final cheer, outscoring the visitors 21-15 in the final frame to secure the win.

Huntington went 31 of 50 from the field for 62 percent and 10 of 14 at the free-throw line for 71.4 percent.

USF, 16-11, 8-7 in league action, was paced by Lindley Kistler, who tallied 24 points. Kara Gerka added 20 points to the team’s effort while Savannah Buck chipped in 18.

The Cougars shot just 37.1 percent from the field on 23 of 62 marksmanship. They fared better at the charity stripe, where they hit 15 of 17 attempts for 88.2 percent.