Poor third quarter sinks HU women

A poor third quarter doomed the Huntington University women’s basketball team, resulting in a 68-59 loss to visiting Taylor University on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The Trojans led 16-12 after the first quarter, but the Foresters knotted the game up by halftime, 37-37. The third quarter saw the visitors retake the lead in a big way, pouring in 22 points while limiting the hosts to just five to craft a 59-42 advantage. Coach Lori Culler’s squad outscored Taylor 17-9 in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough and Huntington fell to 8-4, 1-3 in the Crossroads League.

The Foresters were paced by sophomore Sam Hammel, who tallied 18 points and collected eight rebounds. Senior Maddie Richer netted 14 points, junior Sarah Fryman registered 13 and senior Casey Morton logged 11.

Senior Brooke Saylor matched Hammel’s rebounding production for Huntington, which finished with 32 boards to Taylor’s 35.

The Foresters made 21 of 60 shots from the field for 35 percent and 6 of 8 free throws for 75 percent.

The Trojans, 10-4, 2-2 in league play, were led by Abby Buchs and Becca Buchs, who scored 17 points apiece. Kendall Bradbury produced 14 points and 11 rebounds while Merideth Deckard tossed in 11 points.

Taylor knocked down 23 of 47 field goal attempts for 48.9 percent and 10 of 14 freebie tries for 71.4 percent.