January 10, 2013

First-Place Falcons Grab Win Over Sabres

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team fell to visiting Concordia University Wisconsin, 61-39, in a Northern Athletics Conference North Division match-up inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Jan. 10.

The Sabres struggled from the floor offensively, mustering a mere 32.6 shooting percentage (14-for-43), including a 5-for-14 effort from long distance. Rissa Cerveny led Marian with nine points, all coming in the second half. Sarah Albert and Amelia Mirsberger each added seven points. Tiffany Hendrickson led three Falcons in double figures with a game-high 13 points on 6-of-14 from the floor.

With the win, Concordia Wisconsin improved to 9-5 overall, 7-2 in the NAC to keep pace with Edgewood and Alverno for first place in the North Division. Meanwhile, Marian fell to 4-11 (3-6 NAC) with the loss.

Despite shooting just 28.6 percent (6-for-21) in the first half, the Sabres trailed by a manageable 13 points as the Falcons used balanced scoring on 44.8 percent (13-for-29) to take a 31-18 lead into the break.

A quick run to start the second half, fueled by six straight points by Cerveny, trimmed the Falcon lead to seven points. However, CUW would supply a timely answer. The Falcons went on an 18-5 run to push the lead up to 20 points at 49-29 with 8:57 remaining.

A Hendrickson three-pointer at the 2:58 mark made it 60-36, equaling the largest lead for the Falcons. The Sabres came into the game leading the league in three-pointers made and attempted, but couldn't find any shooting rhythm in order for shots to fall.

CUW stayed true to its strengths, keeping the Sabres at bay from the outside, while converting 27 points off 24 Marian miscues.

The Sabres now face the difficult task of taking on another division-leading opponent in Wisconsin Lutheran College (11-2, 6-0 NAC), who currently leads the South Division, this Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.