Sabres Fall to Chapman at Redlands Winter Classic

REDLANDS, Calif. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team dropped its opening game of the Redlands Winter Classic to nearby Chapman University, 76-51, this evening, Dec. 28.

Shots just wouldn't fall for the Blue and White as it shot just 30.3 percent for the contest after a 1-for-14 display in the first half. Marian's leading scorer was Ally Hopp, who registered 13 points off the bench – all coming at the free throw line. Dani Huray and Sarah Albert each chipped in 11 points. Chapman's Kimi Takaoka scored a game-high 16 points to lead three in double-figures for the Panthers.

Chapman improved to 9-2 with the win, while Marian fell to 3-7 with the loss.

The Panthers recorded three separate runs of eight points or more in the first half alone to build up their big first half lead. An 8-0 run started the contest, while a 13-0 ensued soon after. Chapman shot 40.7 percent (11-for-27) in the opening frame, while the Sabres managed to go just 1-for-14, but found their way to the free throw line 14 times, converting 12 of those.

In the second half, shots began to fall for Marian as it went 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) from the field, including 4-for-7 from three and 14-for-22 from the free throw line. Chapman outscored Marian just 39-36 in the final stanza.

Whistles were a constant throughout the contest as both teams combined for 52 fouls. The Sabres committed a season-high 34 turnovers against a stingy Panther defense that turned into 30 points. Meanwhile, the Sabres forced Chapman into 25 turnovers, converting those into 16 points, but it wasn't enough.

Hopp's 13 points were a season-high. She entered the contest having gone 6-for-10 from the free throw line on the season and finished the game more than doubling that number, going 13-for-20 from the charity stripe. The Sabres finished the game with a 26-for-36 effort at the free throw line.

Marian will be back in action tomorrow evening, Dec. 29, taking on the Indiana-based Manchester University at 5 p.m. pacific time, 7 p.m. central.