MADISON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team had a chance to win a hotly-contested Northern Athletics Conference game on the road, but a Sarah Albert desperation shot went awry and host Edgewood College escaped with a narrow, 64-63, win inside the Edgedome this evening, Jan. 2.
Marian overcame a nine-point deficit to lead by as many as five points late in the second half, but it wasn't enough to stave off a stingy Edgewood squad. Marian's Dani Huray led all scorers with a career-high 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting and added five rebounds, five assists and three steals as well. Allison Tobin and Mariah Hill led the Eagle attack with 18 and 13 points, respectively.
The Eagles improved to 5-8 overall, 4-2 in the NAC with the win, while the Sabres fell for the sixth straight time to 3-9 (2-4 NAC).
Both squads shot well from the field in the first half as Edgewood registered a 52.2 percent (12-for-23) clip and Marian shot 46.2 percent (12-for-26). The Eagles built a small lead, going into the break with a 31-28 advantage. Huray kept the Sabres close with 16 first half points.
In the second half, an intentional foul seemed to turn the tide when EC's Jenna Coenen sent Amelia Mirsberger to the line where she split a pair of free throws to make the score 43-38 with just over 14 minutes remaining. Rissa Cerveny then helped the Sabres take advantage of the extra possession by knocking down a three to cut the deficit to two points.
On the Sabres' next possession, Huray converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put Marian up one. The run would grow to nine points before Edgewood found an answer as the Sabres led 46-43 with under 12 minutes left.
Edgewood would regain a one point lead, but then the Sabres rallied off six straight points to take a five-point advantage, marking their largest lead of the contest with less than 10 minutes left.
The 1-2 punch of Tobin and Hill would fuel another Edgewood run. Hill's three with 6:45 remaining would give the hosts a 57-54 lead, one they would not relinquish.
With the score tied at 61-all with less than a minute left, Hill launched a back-breaking three to give the Eagles the lead. Marian's Mirsberger would get to the line on the next trip, making both free throws to cut the EC lead to one.
With the score still 64-63 Edgewood, Marian Head Coach Bill Peters called timeout with 18.1 seconds remaining to set up the final play that would give the Sabres a chance to win the game.
Edgewood came out of the timeout showing a stifling defense, deflecting two passes before a jump ball in the lane gave the Sabres one final inbounds play with 2.1 seconds left. Another Edgewood deflection disrupted the play and Albert's desperation shot at the horn was off the mark.
Marian will look to put its six-game skid to rest when it hosts Rockford College this Saturday, Jan. 5. The Sabres and Regents are slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.