MILWAUKEE (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team was stunned on the road by previously winless MSOE in Northern Athletics Conference action as the Raiders handed them a 55-53 defeat inside the Kern Center, this evening, Jan. 16.
The Raiders secured 17 offensive rebounds and scored 19 second-chance points, out-rebounding the Sabres by a 42-26 margin overall. MSOE's Megan Kroll turned in a game-high 23 points to lead three scorers in double figures. Sarah Albert led three Sabres in double figures with 19 points, including a 6-for-12 effort from beyond the arc.
MSOE improved to 1-14 overall, 1-8 in the NAC with the win. Meanwhile, Marian fell to 4-13 (3-8 NAC) with the loss.
It was a back-and-forth battle for most of the first half until Albert knocked down a pair of three's to give Marian a 25-18 lead, its largest of the game. However, a 9-3 run to close out the half propelled MSOE to a one point, 28-27, lead before halftime. A Kroll three with just seven seconds left capped the comeback and, little did the Sabres know, but they would not regain the lead again.
Kroll then started the second half scoring with a three-pointer to extend the Raider run to 12-3. Marian's Amelia Mirsberger then knocked down her own three to put the pressure on.
Marian clawed its way back in the second half to tie the score on two occasions and pulled within a point of tying it several times down the stretch.
But it all came back to the most fundamental aspect of the game, rebounding. Ten of MSOE's 17 offensive rebounds came in the second half, translating into 11 second-chance points.
MSOE shot 40.8 percent (20-for-49) from the field and was able to withstand a 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) effort at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Marian shot 34.8 percent overall, going 8-for-23 in each half, while finishing the game 9-for-29 (31 percent) from the three-point line.
Both teams had two players go the distance, playing all 40 minutes in Marian's Albert and Dani Huray and MSOE's Kroll and Ali Lo Bue.
Marian will try and get back on the winning track this Saturday, Jan. 19, when it plays host to visiting Aurora University inside Sadoff Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.