Dominant defense leads Marian women's basketball past Mount Mary

Dominant defense leads Marian women's basketball past Mount Mary

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University women's basketball (2-2, 0-0 NACC) outscored Mount Mary 14-6 in the third quarter to pull away from the Blue Angels in a 54-40 win.

The Sabre defense would hold Mount Mary to 11-54 (.204) shooting for the game including 0-10 from beyond the arc in a dominant game.  The Marian defense was especially strong in the opening half where they held Mount Mary to only 4-26 (.154) shooting. 

After leading 19-16 at the half, Marian came out fast in the third quarter using an 8-2 run in the first 2:22 to take a significant lead at 27-18 and force a timeout.  From there each defense stepped up but the Sabres were able to close out the remainder of the quarter with a 6-2 run as they built their lead out to 33-22 heading into the final quarter.

The Sabres wouldn't hold back in the final quarter opening the final stanza by scoring six of the first eight and building their lead to as large as 17 at 49-32 with 2:47 left following a layup from junior Molly Magnus.

Marian would hold a significant 56-41 advantage in rebounds in the win with 19 of their boards coming on the offensive end.

Senior Brandi Bender once again paced the offense with a game-high 13 points, while Magnus chipped in 10 points and junior Rachel Serchen added 11 points off the bench.  Down in the post, junior Christina Jagiello had a big game with six blocks and eight rebounds, while sophomore Carley Wilson had 15 rebounds, 14 on the defensive end.

Marian opens NACC play when they travel to Benedictine Saturday, Nov. 25 for a 4:15 p.m. tip.

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