FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball fell, 66-64, in the final seconds to Aurora University this afternoon, Jan. 19 in Sadoff Gymnasium.
With the game tied at 64, and six seconds remaining in the second half, Aurora inbounded underneath their basket to Bethany Dorrington. Dorrington quickly passed to Shay Jenkins at the elbow to get a shot off in hopes of a game winning basket. As time expired, Jenkins' shot rolled around the rim before falling in as the buzzard went off.
Aurora University improved to 6-12 overall and 3-7 in NAC play with the win, while Marian dropped to 4-14 (3-9 NAC).
Aurora went on a 12-5 run in the first seven minutes of the game, but Rissa Cerveny cut the lead to four by knocking down a three pointer. Thereafter, Aurora scored a quick 11 points after three Marian turnovers, to add to their lead. After the Marian timeout to regroup, Marian found themselves down 15 points, but went on a torrid affair to cut the lead to just two before the half ended. The Sabres went on a 17-2 run in the final minutes in the half, and included a Cerveny three pointer to cut the lead to one before heading into the locker room.
In the opening possession of the second half, Ashley Backes drove to the basket and made the layup for the first tie of the game. At the 17:59 minute mark of the game, the Sabres took the lead for the first time after Cerveny hit yet another basket beyond the arc and ended the game going 3-6 from three point range. Dorrington helped the Spartans regain the lead temporarily with a three pointer, but the Sabres then went on a 13-6 run to gain their largest lead of game, up six points.
In the final minutes of the game, the Spartans edged their way back into the game, trailing only by one point. Both teams would exchange baskets, and eventually found themselves at yet another tie with 45 seconds left in the game. Jenkins turned the ball over forcing the ball inside the paint, but Dani Huray was unable to convert the layup for the go-ahead lead. Off the Huray rebound, a hard-knock, lose ball foul on Backes gave the ball to the Spartans for a chance at a last second basket before heading into overtime. With five seconds left, Aurora inbounded to Dorrington and Dorrington found Jenkins for the open shot. Jenkins shot with one second on the clock and as time expired, the ball fell in for the Spartans.
Aurora had four players in double digits with Ciara Marlow and Anna Roszkowski leading the team with 14 points. Marian also had four players in double digits with Sara Albert hitting a game-high 19 points, and Cerveny adding 14.
The next home game for the Sabres will be this, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Sadoff Gymnasium when they play host to the University of Chicago in the final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.