February 3, 2014

Sabres' Second-Half Spark Spurns Stars, 81-65

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – A career-high 25 points from Sarah Olewinski and an impressive second half display offensively carried the Marian University women's basketball team past host Dominican University, 81-65, Monday evening, Feb. 3.

It was a match-up postponed due to a weekend snow storm, but the Sabres used the extra two days to work on their outside stroke, and it paid dividends. Marian (5-15, 5-10 NACC) went 10-for-19 from beyond the arc and finished the game 26-for-56 from the field (46.4 percent), including a 57.7 percent effort in the second half.

"We executed the game plan and hit some big shots late to extend the lead," Head Coach Bill Peters said following the win. "We played 'Marian' basketball, especially in the second half. We were really unselfish."

The Sabres tallied 13 assists on their 26 baskets and turned 19 Dominican turnovers into 28 points to key the victory.

Marian started the game slow as Dominican jumped out to a 9-2 lead three minutes into the contest. Slowly, though, the Sabres would chip away. In less than two minutes, Marian used an 8-0 run to gain the lead, but the Stars had the last say in the opening stanza and took a 37-36 lead into the locker room.

The Stars shot 50 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, while the Sabres were slumping under 37 percent. Peters' halftime remarks were simple, "Stop (Allie) Tapanes and (Claudia) DeNigris, who combined for 26 of the team's 37 first-half points."

The team executed and held the duo scoreless in the final 20 minutes. The Marian offense then came to life and produced in the form of a 57.7 percent (15-for-26) shooting performance in the second half, including a 6-for-8 display from downtown.

A 13-2 run out of the gates turned a two-point deficit into a 49-40 lead and the Sabres wouldn't look back. When the Stars would try and close the gap, the Sabres responded with a big shot to replenish the lead.

"There was not one player on the stat sheet that didn't play well," Peters said. "Everyone positively contributed."

Three players finished in double figures, led by Olewinski's career-high 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting. She added two assists and two steals, while committing just one turnover.

"She had a huge game," Peters said of the Waukesha native. "I expect the assists and minimal turnovers from a point guard, but the point production is a bonus. She had her best game as a Sabre."

Senior Sarah Albert added 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three and 8-for-9 from the foul line. Freshman Emma Jarvey chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in a stellar all-around effort. Senior Dani Huray contributed seven points, four rebounds, a team-high six assists and three steals.

Five league tests remain and Marian is a game back of the eighth and final tournament spot with league-leading Wisconsin Lutheran (15-3, 13-1 NACC) ready and waiting for a Tuesday night match-up inside Sadoff Gymnasium. The Sabres will turn around quickly and host the Warriors at home tomorrow, Feb. 4. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.