Fryman nabs first team All-American honors

Huntington native Sarah Fryman, a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, has been named a first team All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Fryman, a 5-9 forward, is one of 10 NAIA Division II players to earn this honor. The Huntington North High School product is just the third Forester in program history to receive an NAIA first team all-American badge.

The award caps off a final campaign that saw Fryman rewrite the HU history books by racking up 715 points, which eclipsed the previous season record of 659 points, shared by Becky Stump (1984) and Miranda Palmer (2017).

Fryman poured in 23.1 points per night to finish as the nation’s second-leading scorer. Her accuracy at the charity stripe was also the second best in the NAIA. She canned 132 of her 144 attempts for a clip of 91.7 percent.

An honorable mention all-American pick last season, Fryman was more than a scorer for Coach Lori Culler’s squad this past season. She also ripped down a team-leading 7.4 rebounds, dished out 2.0 assists and swiped 1.9 steals per contest.

This award tops a long list of accolades Fryman collected over the course of the season. Voted the preseason favorite for Crossroads League Player of the Year, she lived up to that hype by being officially named the Crossroads League Player of the Year in February.

Fryman also landed a spot on the conference’s first team and was recognized four times as the league’s player of the week this winter. Additionally, she claimed honorable mention all-American honors by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Ass- ociation.

“We’re very proud of all that Sarah has accomplished and the recognition she’s received, but this one is extra special in that she has established herself as one of the top players in NAIA Division II and did it while competing in the top conference in the country at this level,” said Culler. “The defense played in our league is incredible, which makes a season like Sarah’s even more special.

“No doubt, this is an honor she has earned!”

Fryman wrapped up her career in Forester green and white with 1,910 points, which ranks her third on HU’s all-time scoring list. She averaged 15.8 points per game over the course of her four years.