FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – After falling behind as many 13 points, Marian University's women's basketball roared back with a come-back win, defeating NAC opponent Rockford College, 72-64 this afternoon, Jan. 5 at Sadoff Gymnasium.
The New Year started off well for the lady Sabres breaking a six-game, losing skid. With the exception of the first points of the game, the Sabres trailed for nearly the entire game. At the 13:30 mark of the second half, the Sabres found themselves trailing by 13 points, but after a 13-2 run and knocking down key free throws late in the second half, the Sabres found themselves on the winning side.
Marian improved to 4-9 overall and 3-4 in the NAC with the win, while Rockford dropped to 3-11 (1-5 NAC).
The Regents shot lights out in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field. After the initial three-pointer by Sabre, Ashley Backes, the Regents went on an 11-0 run before the Sabres called a timeout to regain their composure. Backes kept the Sabres within reach, scoring 11 first half points, while going 3-6 behind the arc. Regent, Nicole Lawler led the way scoring seven first half points while grabbing four rebounds. By the end of the half, the Sabres trailed by only three points.
In the second half, domination of the boards and good free throw shooting paved the way for the Sabre comeback. Being down only three at half, the Sabres found themselves down by 13 due to sloppy play and turnovers. Lawler continued her dominance, and ended with a game high 20 points. The turning point for the Sabres came at the 7:52 mark, as the Sabres chiseled their way back into contention. It was a team effort as Dani Huray, Amelia Mirsberger and Sarah Albert scored double-digits in the final half.
Within three minutes, Marian went on a 13-2 run to gain their first lead since the beginning of the game. From there, the Marian never looked back. In the final four minutes of the game, Marian went to the charity line 13 times, netting 10.
Sara Albert quietly led the Sabres with 18 points, while both Huray and Mirsberger finished with 16 respectively.
Marian looks to edge their way back into Conference contention as they travel to Concordia Wisconsin, Thursday, Jan 10. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.