Marian gets early lead, hangs on to beat HU women

Two-time defending national champion Marian built a 16-point halftime advantage and won by that margin over the visiting Huntington University women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.

The fifth-ranked Knights, 26-2 overall, 15-1 in the Crossroads League, turned five offensive rebounds into nine points and got eight easy points by outsprinting HU to the basket after HU misses to build their first-half advantage.

Marian then outscored HU 12-4 to start the third quarter for its biggest lead of the day at 48-24, but to its credit, HU never backed off. The Foresters outscored their hosts 18-3 over the final six minutes of the third quarter to cut the margin back to single digits at 51-42.

HU, 16-11 overall, 9-7 in the Crossroads League, got 12 points form Sarah Fryman, 11 from Brooke Saylor and 10 from Hailey Krewald.

Kellie Kirkhoff topped all scorers with 19 points for Marian. Dejah Cyrus added 18 points.

Krewald and Saylor led HU on the boards with nine rebounds apiece. Fryman led in assists with four.

Joana Soeiro had a game-best 11 dimes fort Marian.

The Forests hit 19 of 49 shots from thee field for 38.8 percent and were 6 of 7 from the free-throw line for 75.7 percent. Marian was 28 of 63 from the field for 44.4 percent and was 4 of 5 from the charity stripe for 80 percent.