Maple Leaf Defense Forces 20 Turnovers In Loss At Huntington

Stein goes 3-for-5 from downtown as win eludes Goshen’s grasp

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Sydney Stein paced Goshen College with 13 points, including all three of the team’s three-pointers, in a 59-38 women’s basketball loss at Huntington University on Wednesday night.


Stein added a career-high three steals as the Maple Leafs racked up 10, their second-most in a conference game this season, which formed half of Huntington’s 20 turnovers. Carley O’Neal and Mariah Roe added two takeaways apiece.


Keyaira Murff led the Maple Leafs (1-20, 0-9 Crossroads League) with six rebounds and five blocks, coming one short of her career high in the latter category and moving into seventh place on Goshen’s single-season block list with 33.


Sarah Fryman scored a game-high 20 points for the Foresters (12-8, 5-4), accounting for more than a third of her team’s points on 7-of-14 shooting. Teammate Brooke Saylor cleaned the glass a game-high 14 times.


Each team was scoreless for a span of more than three minutes in the first quarter, a period that saw both defenses hold the opponent under 25 percent from the floor and ended with Huntington leading 13-7.


Both sides turned in their best offensive quarter in the second stanza, with the two sides combining for 35 shots (one every 17 seconds) and a 40 percent clip. Goshen cleaned its offensive glass nine times in the quarter and got 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from Stein, while Fryman added 10 points for Huntington for a 34-21 halftime lead.


Murff opened the third quarter with two quick Maple Leaf baskets to close the gap to 34-25; at the time of her second score, Huntington hadn’t made a basket in more than five minutes. The Foresters turned the tables, though, draining five of its next nine shots to open a 48-31 lead through three periods. HU also started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run before Goshen scored seven of the next nine points; five of those came from Mariah Roe.


Neither team earned many trips to the foul line as the teams combined for 17 fouls, with neither side shooting the bonus in any of the four quarters. Goshen’s three free-throw attempts were the fewest since a 2-for-3 showing against Grace on Feb. 19, 2005, while Huntington’s eight foul shots were the team’s second-fewest of the season.


Huntington finished the game shooting 37 percent from the floor, six points below its season average, but had a better night from long range, going 7-for-15 (46.7 percent). Goshen checked in at 17-for-60 from the floor.


Goshen concludes its two-game road trip on Saturday with a trip to Indianapolis to visit Marian University, the fifth-ranked team in NAiA Division II. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 3.