November 28, 2012

Women's Hoops Falls to Edgewood in NAC Opener

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team dropped a tough matchup against visiting Edgewood College, 75-52, in the home opener and Northern Athletics Conference lid-lifter inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Nov. 28.

The Sabres fell behind early and were unable to find the shooting stroke, while the Eagles cleaned the glass with a rebound margin of 55-31, which turned into 27 second-chance points. Marian's Sarah Albert was the lone Sabre in double figures, leading all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Edgewood put two in double digit scoring with Alison Tobin turning in a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds.

Edgewood picked up its first win of the season to move to 1-4 overall, 1-0 in the NAC with the win. Meanwhile, Marian fell for the third straight time to drop to 1-3 (0-1 NAC).

The early goings saw both teams light it up from the floor. An Albert three-ball cracked the Marian scoring column and gave the Sabres a quick 3-2 edge out of the gates. However, with the score tied 6-6, the Eagles caught fire with a 10-0 run and they never looked back.

Edgewood's 10-point advantage increased to 14 by the end of the first half, taking a 39-25 edge into the break, while dominating the boards, 26-17. The Eagles shot 45.5 percent (15-for-33) from the field and held the Sabres to just 25.9 percent (7-for-27) shooting. Albert scored 16 of her 18 points in the opening stanza.

The Sabres rebounding woes would continue on into the second half as the Eagles recorded 17 second chance points in the final 20 minutes. Five Eagles registered six or more rebounds, led by Melanie Walker's game-high 10.

Dani Huray and Albert each finished with a team-high five rebounds for Marian. Huray added eight points and five assists in the losing effort.

Marian will hit the road for a challenging NAC test against Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. this Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.