MILWAUKEE – Marian University women’s basketball (0-3, 0-0 NACC) rallied after a slow start but fell to Mount Mary by a 60-57 final.
Mount Mary was able to jump out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and built their lead to 21-9 with 7:13 left in the second quarter. The Sabres were able to find a rhythm immediately following and closed out the half with a 9-2 run to cut their deficit down to 23-18 at the half.
After the Blue Angels built their lead back out to nine points Marian was able to chip away at the lead and came back. Junior Claire Levendoski would hit a three-pointer with 2:02 left in the third quarter to give Marian their first lead of the game at 40-39. The Sabres built their lead out to four points before Mount Mary scored six unanswered points in the final minute to go ahead 45-43 heading into the final quarter.
Once again, a three-pointer from Levendoski gave the Sabres the lead at 53-51 with 4:09 left to play. The Blue Angels were able to bounce back, however, taking the lead for good with only 17 seconds left and held on for a 60-57 win.
Marian outshot Mount Mary in the defeat going 21-58 (.362) from the field including 6-20 (.300) from beyond the arc. Levendoski led the Sabres with a game-high 20 points, while fellow freshman Alyssen Noriega finished with 10 points. Noriega also led the squad with seven rebounds, five offensive, adding three assists and a steal.
Marian opens NACC action against Concordia Chicago Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4:15 p.m. from Sadoff Gym.