FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team looked to give first place Wisconsin Lutheran College their first conference lost, but came up short, 60-50, this afternoon Jan. 12, at the Wisconsin Lutheran Recreation Complex.
The first half saw four ties, and Marian leading for the majority of the half. Wisconsin Lutheran saw their first lead at the 7:24 mark. Warriors' Melissa Klemm hit a jumper at the end of the first half to take the lead going into the first half, and from there, the Warriors never looked back.
Wisconsin Lutheran improved to 12-2 overall and thus far perfect in the NAC at 7-0 with the win, while Marian dropped to 4-12 (3-7 NAC) with the loss.
The Sabres got off to a hot start in the first half with Amelia Mirsberger leading the way. Out of the gate, Mirsberger hit a three-pointer to give the Sabres the lead. The Sabres held the lead until the 11:16 mark when WLC's Melanie Laete knocked down a jumper for the second tie of the half. Mirsberger again hit another three-pointer to regain the lead.
The Warriors saw their first lead at the 7:24 mark since scoring the first basket of the game. The Sabres and Warriors exchanged a couple baskets until Melissa Klemm hit a jumper to give the Warriors the lead going into the second half.
In the second half, the Warriors went on a 7-2 run in the first three minutes of the half. Marian's Rissa Cerveny quieted the home crowd temporarily after hitting her second three-pointer of the game to cut the deficit to a manageable four points. After Cerveny's basket, however, the Warrior lead grew to 10 points before the Sabres called a timeout to regain their composure.
After the timeout, Cerveny hit a quick three-pointer, but WLC's Krissy Day responded with one of her own to put the Warriors back up by three. Marian continued to trail for the rest of the half despite shooting 52 percent from the field in the second half. The Warriors shot just under the Sabres, shooting 50 percent, but nine second chance rebounds and 18 points in the paint for the Warriors made the difference in the game.
Shavon Dillion led all scorers with 17 points, while Cerveny led the Sabres with 14 points with a 3-for-6 effort from downtown.
The Sabres look to get back on track Wednesday, Jan. 16, as they visit the Raiders of MSOE at the Kern Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.