4th quarter scoring spree sparks HU women past USF

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Maddie Richer

A fourth-quarter scoring spree propelled the Huntington University women’s basketball team to 69-57 win over host University of Saint Francis on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

The Foresters poured in 32 points to the Cougars’ 17 in the final frame, flipping a 40-37 deficit after three periods into a 12-point victory. Coach Lori Culler’s squad did the balance of its damage at the free-throw line, where it drained 17 of 21 shots for 80 percent.

Huntington trailed 14-13 after the first quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 40-37 at the end of three frames before turning the game on its head in the fourth.

The Foresters, 11-7, 4-3 in Crossroads League play, were led by Maddie Richer, who scored 17 points. The junior went a perfect 8 of 8 at the charity stripe, plus 3 of 3 from the floor.

Freshman Sam Hammel tallied 14 points for the visitors, sophomore Sarah Fryman netted 12 and junior Casey Morton tossed in 10.

Huntington went 18 of 37 from the field for 48.6 percent and 27 of 32 at the foul line for 84.4 percent.

Junior Brooke Saylor corralled a game-high 11 rebounds to help give the Foresters a 30-22 advantage on the glass.

The Cougars, 11-8, 3-4 in conference, got 18 points from Kara Gerka and 11 from Josie Murphy.

USF converted 17 of 47 field goal attempts for 36.2 percent and 17 of 26 free throw opportunities for 65.4 percent.