Marian rally falls short in home finale

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -Marian University women's basketball (4-20, 3-16 NACC) rallied in the third quarter but ran out of steam in the fourth quarter falling to MSOE 55-43.

MSOE started the game fast jumping out on the Sabres with a 9-0 run. The Raiders controlled most of the first quarter leading 15-8 to start the second.  The second quarter saw both defenses step up as neither team was able to score double figures offensively.  The Raiders were able to extend their lead in the quarter, though, taking a 24-12 advantage into the locker room.

Marian opened the third quarter finding their offensive flow for the first time in the game opening with the first 10 points of the second half to cut the deficit down to 24-23.  The Sabres were able to ride this momentum taking their first lead of the game at 28-26 off a jumper from junior Brandi Bender.  The Raiders were able to bounce back, however, and retake a slim 30-28 lead heading into the final quarter.

Both teams went basket-for-basket to open the final quarter with a jumper from Brianna Koopman bringing the score to 37-36 MSOE.  The Raiders then used an 11-5 run to extend their lead out to 48-41 with only 1:10 remaining and were able to seal the win at the free-throw line.

The Sabres were lead by Bender who finished the day with 12 points and four steals. Senior Nicole Paulus nearly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Marian will close out the 2016-17 season on the road Saturday, Feb. 18 with a trip to Alverno for a 7 p.m. tip.