IWU edges No. 21 Foresters

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged by host Indiana Wesleyan University, 59-52, on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The No. 21 Foresters trailed 16-9 after the first quarter and 25-15 at the half, but went on a run late in the third to tighten things up. Trailing 40-23 at the 3:06 mark in the period, Coach Lori Culler’s squad went on a 13-0 run that crossed into the fourth and slashed the Wildcats’ lead to just four points, 40-36, with 9:34 left in the game. Senior Sarah Fryman, junior Sam Hammel and freshman Dazia Drake highlighted the run with a three-pointer apiece.

Unfortunately for Huntington, four points is all the closer it would get to Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats held off the Foresters in the final frame, going up by as many as 11 points to ice the win.

The Foresters, 15-4, 4-3 in Crossroads League play, were paced by Hammel and Fryman, who scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Fryman also corralled a team-high eight rebounds, helping the visitors finish with 30 for the game. Hammel did her part to disrupt the Wildcats’ offense, logging four steals.

Huntington hit 19 of 57 shots from the field for 33.3 percent. The Foresters were perfect at the free-throw line, going 11 of 11.

Indiana Wesleyan, 14-5, 5-2 in conference, was led by Anne Secrest, who tallied 14 points. Carly Lange and Dayton Groninger chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, to the hosts’ cause.

Adrianna Trexler notched eight boards, helping the Wildcats finish with 40.

Indiana Wesleyan shot 40.4 percent from the field on 21 of 52 marksmanship. The hosts added 13 points at the charity stripe in 18 attempts for 72.2 percent.