After opening the season with three tough losses on the road, Marian women’s basketball was excited to finally play in Sadoff Gym for their NACC opener against Concordia Chicago.
The Sabres were coming off of a tough three-point loss at Mount Mary earlier in the week prior to their match-up with the Cougars. The first quarter was tight with a late spurt from Concordia Chicago giving them a 16-13 lead after the end of the first stanza. The Sabres wasted no time retaking the lead opening the second quarter with an 8-2 run. A late three-pointer from freshman Madison Holdiman gave the Sabres the lead heading into halftime at 39-38.
The third quarter saw back-and-forth action to start before Marian rattled off an 11-2 run to take a 53-46 lead with 1:20 left in the quarter. Freshman Whittney Jackson capped off the run with a three-pointer that prompted a Cougar timeout. CUC was able to rally and ended the quarter with five straight points to cut the Marian lead down to 53-51 heading into the final quarter.
The Cougars continued that momentum to open the fourth quarter using a 9-2 spurt to go ahead 60-55 with 7:19 left in the game. Marian slowed the rally with a timeout and out of the break dominated the remainder of the game. Marian would go on a 16-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 71-62 with just 28 ticks to play, eventually leading to the 71-63 final.
Freshman Claire Levendoski led the Sabres with a team-high 15 points, while senior Morgan Johnson chipped in 12 points and fellow senior Carley Wilson added 10 points off the bench. Sophomore Paris Harris had a strong stat line posting nine points with just as many rebounds to go with three steals.
Marian went on to post their most wins since the 2016-17 campaign and had their most conference wins since the 2015-16 season. The Sabres had one of their best seasons from beyond the arc making 145 three-pointers, the seventh-most for a single season in program history.