ROCKFORD, Ill. – Marian University women’s basketball (2-10, 0-7 NACC) battled back from a 17-point deficit only to fall to the Regents by a 57-50 final.
After a slow start that saw Rockford take a 32-19 lead at the half, Marian mounted a come back in the second half and were able to cut the deficit down to one with only 1:03 left to play after a three-pointer from junior Rachel Serchen. The Regents were able to stave off the late rally closing out the game going 5-5 from the charity stripe.
The Sabres rebounded quickly after the slow first half as they opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run. Marian then added an 11-3 in the middle of the third quarter, which was capped off by the Serchen three-pointer.
Each team turned the ball over 22 times in the game, but the Regents were able to take advantage of the Marian miscues outscoring the Sabres 22-9 in points off turnovers. The Sabres would outshoot Rockford in the loss going 19-50 (.380) from the field. Marian also held an advantage down low out scoring Rockford 32-26 in the paint.
Junior Molly Magnus led Marian with a team-high 13 points to go with six rebounds, while Serchen closed out the game with 12 points, eight boards and three steals.
Marian returns home when the Sabres host Dominican for a 4:15 p.m. tip Saturday, Jan. 6.