FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team fell for the first time in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play as visiting MSOE pulled out a 65-59 win inside Sadoff Gymnasium this evening, Dec. 4.
Senior Sarah Albert led the Sabres in scoring for the fourth time this season with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Emma Jarvey and Amelia Mirsberger turned in 12 points apiece, but it wasn't enough as Shannon Larson poured in a game-high 21 points to lead the Raiders to the road victory.
Both teams played a back-and-forth battle for the majority of the contest, but a considerable rebounding advantage proved the difference as MSOE earned 13 second-chance points to Marian's two. The Raiders sealed the game with free throws down the stretch en route to finishing the night 20-for-25 at the line.
MSOE improved to 3-2 overall with its third straight win, including a 2-0 start in league play. Meanwhile, the Sabres fell for the first time in league play, dropping to 1-5 (1-1 NACC).
An 11-2 Marian run midway through the first half erased an 18-10 MSOE advantage and both teams went into the locker room all tied at 24-24.
In a game that featured 11 ties and 10 lead changes, neither team gained a greater than four-point advantage until the Raiders pulled away in the final minute of the game thanks to a solid performance at the charity stripe.
The team that was able to get the line more often turned out to be the team in control in the waning moments. After just 11 foul calls in the opening period, things tightened up in the second half to the tune of 29 fouls called on both teams combined.
The Sabres attempted three more free throws than their counterparts, but the Raiders did it more efficiently, going 80 percent to Marian's 67.9 percent (19-for-28) clip.
MSOE won the rebounding battle, 36-22, and outscored Marian's bench, 18-9.
The Sabres will be back in action this weekend as they head to Rockford for their first conference road test of the season Saturday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is slated for 4:15 p.m.