FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's basketball team held a two-point first-half lead, but visiting Maranatha Baptist Bible College made a furious second-half run to take the lead and a win in the regular season Northern Athletics Conference finale, this evening, Feb. 12.
The Sabres led, 19-17, at halftime despite shooting just 18.5 percent from the field. A similar showing in the second half didn't measure up to the 54.5 percent shooting performance by their counterparts as the Crusaders also used a 25-3 run to open up a huge advantage en route to the win. Autumn Peotter led all scorers with 17 points. Marian's Sarah Albert tallied 14 points on 4-of-6 from downtown.
Maranatha improved to 17-5 overall with its fifth straight victory and finished the regular season with a 13-5 NAC mark. Marian's season came to an end with a record of 4-21 (3-15 NAC).
Both teams put on a first-half shooting performance they would like to forget as the Sabres went just 5-for-27, including 5-for-18 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Crusaders were 6-for-29 from the floor, while knocking down three of their 10 three-point attempts.
After a quick bucket by the Crusaders to open up the second half, Albert drained one of her four three's to give the Sabres a 22-19 advantage.
For the next 10 minutes, Maranatha would embark on a 25-3 run in which their five starters played together for all, but one minute. Peotter's layup at the 9:41 mark gave the Crusaders a 44-25 lead, their largest of the game.
The Sabres couldn't find an answer after shooting just 22.2 percent (6-for-27) from the field in the second half, amounting to a 20.4 percent showing for the game. Ten of Marian's 11 made field goals came from beyond the arc and six of those were assisted by Dani Huray, who tied the single-season school record for assists with 123.
Huray tied Leslie Daubert ('91-'92) for the record, which had been held solely by her for the last 21 seasons.