Second quarter puts blemish in upset bid for Sabre women’s basketball

January 17, 2018

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Marian University women’s basketball (2-14, 0-11 NACC) played with Concordia Chicago for three quarters but a slow second quarter cost the Sabres a potential upset falling to the Cougars 75-48.

Marian opened the game well as they battled CUC to a 13-13 tie in the opening quarter.  The Sabres led for most of the quarter with a layup from junior Christina Jagiello capping off a 9-4 run to open the game.  The quarter also saw the Sabres out shoot the Cougars going 5-11 (.455) from the field, while holding CUC to 5-16 (.313) shooting.  The second quarter was all CUC, however, as the Cougars held Marian to only two made field goals as they went on to out score the Sabres 23-6.  From there, the Sabres were able to play with the Cougars but were unable to cut into their deficit as CUC cruised to the NACC win.

The three-point shot proved to be a factor in the loss for Marian as Concordia made 10 three-pointers and held the Sabres to 0-5 shooting from beyond the arc.  Despite the long-range struggles, Marian closed out the game shooting 16-53 (.302) from the field and made 16 free throws.  The Sabres held suit against the Cougars in the paint where each team scoring 24 points.

Junior Rachel Serchen led the way for the Sabres with a team-high 14 points to go with five rebounds, while senior Brandi Bender chipped in 13 points with four steals.  Serchen would score eight of her points in the final quarter where she went 6-6 from the charity stripe.  Jagiello and fellow junior Sarah Schultz each had a team-high six rebounds to lead the Sabres down low.

Marian returns home when they host Rockford for a 4:15 p.m. tip Saturday, Jan. 20.