LISLE, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team fell 69-54 while visiting Benedictine University this afternoon, Feb. 9 at the Rice Center.
The Sabres were unable to stop the hot-shooting Eagles as they shot over 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc. Rissa Cerveny knocked down five of the Sabres nine three-pointers, leading the Sabres with 21 points.
Benedictine improved to 12-12 overall and 10-6 in NAC play with the win, while Marian dropped to 4-20 overall (3-14 NAC) with the loss.
Ashley Backes gave Marian an early 5-1 lead scoring the first five points for the Sabres, but after a 14-0 run by Benedictine, the Sabres needed to call a timeout and regroup. After the 30 second time out, Cerveny broke the ice by knocking down two from beyond the arc, cutting the deficit to seven.
After a Dani Huray layup, the Eagles went on another notable, 13-2, run to lead, 36-18. By the end of the half, Marian saw themselves down by 15 points.
In both the first half and second half, Benedictine's bench played a major role, scoring 33 points. Two-thirds of that came from Megan Novak as she led the game with 22 points and went 7-for-8 from the field.
At the 14:34 mark of the second half, the Sabres saw themselves down as many as 23 points thanks to the hot-shooting Novak. After a couple turnovers on both teams, Amelia Mirsberger broke the scoring lull by hitting a jump shot, but the Sabres were still down 49-31.
Marian continued to chip away at Benedictine's lead as the half continued, but the Eagles came right back with an answer.
Marian wraps up the season on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at home as they host Maranatha Baptist Bible College at 7:00 p.m. in Sadoff Gymnasium.