December 17, 2012

Marian Falls to Nearby UW-Oshkosh at Home

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team struggled to find its rhythm all night as visiting UW-Oshkosh shot nearly 50 percent from the field and dominated the glass en route to a 74-38 victory inside Sadoff Gymnasium this evening, Dec. 17.

UWO's Megan Wenig led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-10 from the field, while going 4-of-6 from long distance. She also added a game-high seven rebounds as the Titans controlled the glass by a margin of 48-17 for the game. Ashley Backes led the Sabres in scoring with 10 points as Marian shot just 28.6 percent from the field and knocked down a season-low three triples.

The Titans improve to 7-2 on the year with the win, while Marian falls to 3-6 with the loss.

Despite a slow start, the Sabres battled in the first half, committing just five turnovers to trail 30-19 at the half after falling behind by as many as 16 at one point. Wenig poured in 15 of her game-high 20 in the opening frame.

The second half proved to be all Oshkosh as Marian shot just 30 percent and going only 1-for-6 from three-point range.

The three triples were two fewer than their previous season-low of five made at UW-Stevens Point earlier this year. The Sabres came into the game averaging 10.2 three's made per game and reached double-digits in six of their eight contests entering tonight.

The Oshkosh defense was relentless in their perimeter defensive efforts and held Marian to just 15 attempts from long distance, 17 attempts shy of its average of 32 attempts per game.

The Sabres will have two days off before playing host to visiting University of Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.