Fryman comes up money as HU women hold off Bethel

Huntington University forward Brooke Saylor lays the ball in for two points during the Foresters' regular season finale at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 16. HU held off a big Bethel rally for a 71-69 win.
Huntington University forward Brooke Saylor lays the ball in for two points during the Foresters' regular season finale at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 16. HU held off a big Bethel rally for a 71-69 win. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team withstood a furious second-half comeback by visiting Bethel College for a 71-69 win on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Foresters, finishing the regular season 18-11 overall and 11-7 in the Crossroads League, saw a 24-point third-quarter lead all but disappear, but Sarah Fryman came up money on four three throws  in the final nine seconds to enable HU to hang on.

Fryman finished with a game-best 20 points on the afternoon and was aided by Brooke Saylor and Erin Mohr with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Sam Hammel added eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Foresters led after the first frame, 22-17, and used a 22-9 second quarter advantage to craft a 44-26 halftime lead. They got the margin as high as 24 points a couple of times, the last being on a Fryman hoop off a Hammel assist to make the score 58-34 with 1:18 left in the third quarter.

Bethel scored the last four points on the quarter but HU still looked pretty good with a 58-38 lead heading into the final frame.

Maggie Deboy paced Bethel with 13 points, Maci Heimlich had 12 and Kamala Glenn had 11.

Saylor led HU on the boards with seven rebounds, and she also added four assists and two blocks in her final regular season appearance at Platt Arena.

HH hit 26 of 33 from the field for 49.1 percent and added 15 of 23 from the foul stripe. Bethel nailed 26 of 57 shots for 45.6 percent and went 9 of 15 from the free-throw line for 60 percent.