MEQUON, Wis. - Marian University women's basketball (3-17, 1-14 NACC) outscored Concordia Wisconsin in the first and fourth quarters but fell to the Falcons by a 56-45 final.
The Sabres had five different scorers to open the game shooting 6-15 (.400) from the field with one three-pointer as MU took an early 13-12 lead into the first break. Senior Brandi Bender capped off a 7-3 run to open the game before the Falcons closed out the quarter with a 9-6 run to cut the deficit to one.
The Falcons then took their first lead of the game opening the second quarter on a 13-1 run. Concordia Wisconsin closed out the quarter with a 29-20 lead as Marian kept the deficit manageable. The third quarter started similarly with Concordia Wisconsin starting fast with an 11-2 run building their lead to 19. The Sabres battled back using a 10-4 run to cut into the deficit heading into the final quarter.
Marian continued to fight in the fourth quarter as they managed to cut the deficit down to as little as nine after a quick 5-0 run near the end of the quarter but the rally was too late. The Sabres had another strong shooting performance in the fourth quarter going 5-11 (.455) from the field as they outscored CUW 13-11.
Marian finished with a 36-32 advantage in rebounds led by Bender who had a game-high nine rebounds. Junior Rachel Serchen continued her strong play of late scoring a game-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists.
Marian opens the final month of the season traveling to Dominican Saturday, Feb. 3 for a 4:15 p.m. tip.