Marian University women’s basketball (2-7, 2-3 NACC) dropped their final non-conference game of the first half by a 70-63 final to MacMurray.
The Sabres were able to take a small lead after the first quarter at 18-17 with the starting five accounting for 16 of the points. Marian scored the first seven points of the game only to have the Highlanders cut into that deficit by the end of the quarter. The second quarter saw both defenses bounce back with MacMurray managing to take a 29-28 lead into halftime.
The third quarter started similarly to the beginning of the game as Marian used a 12-4 run to open the stanza and take a 40-33 lead with 4:31 left in the quarter. The Highlanders battled back once again, however, and closed out the quarter with a 12-2 stretch to take a 45-42 lead into the fourth quarter. The Highlanders built their lead out to as large as eight to open the final quarter only to have Marian score nine unanswered, capped with back-to-back baskets from freshman Madison Holdiman, to retake the lead at 56-57.
MacMurray then responded scoring nine-straight points themselves to take a 64-56 lead with 1:27 left to play. Marian managed to trim their deficit down to five but were unable to rally any closer.
The two defenses forced a total of 61 turnovers with a total of 56 points coming off of those turnovers, 29-27 advantage to MacMurray. The Sabres finished with a 46-34 advantage on rebounds outscoring the Highlanders 15-7 on second-chance points.
Holdiman led the offense with a game-high 15 points, while senior Morgan Johnson scored 14 points with a team-high eight rebounds.
Marian returns to NACC action Saturday, Jan. 4 for a 4:15 p.m. tip at Benedictine.