Sabres Fall to NAC Rival Falcons

MEQUON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Its strength was its weakness as the three-point shot abandoned the Marian University women's basketball team, this evening, Feb. 5, as host Concordia University Wisconsin went on to the 67-54 victory inside R. John Buuck Fieldhouse.

The Sabres went just 5-for-16 from downtown and committed 18 turnovers, which CUW turned into 24 points. Marian outscored the Falcons by one in the second half, but struggled to get any offensive rhythm due to CUW's dominance on the glass.

Amelia Mirsberger led the Sabres with 12 points, while Ashley Backes added 11. CUW's Katie Luethe reached the 1,000-point club with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Falcons improved to 17-6 overall, 14-2 in the NAC with the win, while the Sabres dropped to 4-18 (3-12 NAC) with the loss.

The Sabres kept things interesting for the majority of the first half, making it a one possession game on several occasions, including when Backes made it 18-15 at the 9:11 mark.

The Falcons would respond in a big way by putting together a 15-0 run over a span of 7:05 to break open an 18-point first half lead. They would go on to lead 36-22 at the half.

The big story of the game was CUW's advantage on the glass. The Falcons dominated the Sabres by a margin of 40-17, while pulling down 19 offensive rebounds and converting them into 16 points.

The Sabres trailed by as many as 23 points with 5:14 remaining, but used a 13-3 run to close out the game.

Marian will have a short turnaround as it plays host to Alverno College (13-9, 10-5 NAC) this Thursday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.