STEVENS POINT, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) - The Marian University women's basketball team was overwhelmed with newly-ranked, No. 1 UW-Stevens Point, falling 68-19 this evening Nov. 20 in Berg Gymnasium.
The cards seemed stacked against the Sabres as the Pointers were fresh off their 21-point win over former No. 1 Calvin College and at home for the first time this season. Throughout the game, Marian was unable to get into any sort of offensive rhythm, while just shooting a mere 14 percent from the field and commited 29 turnovers.
Marian dropped to 1-2 overall with the loss, while UW-Stevens Point improved to 3-0 with the win.
Forced and rushed when in the offense, the Sabres were unable to keep pace with the Pointers. At the end of the first half, the Pointers concluded a 25-0 run to take a 36-11 lead going into the break.
The second half played out similarly for the Pointers as they held Marian to just eight points.
Ashley Backes led the Sabres with six points while Rissa Cerveny hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. UW-Stevens Point's Sam Barber, an NCAA Division III Player of the Year candidate who came into the game averaging 26.5 points per game, was held to a game-high 14 points.
Marian will be back in action next Wednesday, Nov. 28, when they play host to Edgewood College. It will be the Sabres' home opener and tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.