|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 12-14, 3-11 CL||16||11||16||16||59|
|Marian (Ind.) 23-3, 13-1 CL||24||20||21||21||86|
|Feb. 4, 2017|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Marian (Ind.)|
|#21 Kylie Townsley - 25||Points||#24 Jenna Sullivan - 16|
|#21 Kylie Townsley - 6||Rebounds||#24 Jenna Sullivan - 9|
|3 Players - 2||Assists||#11 Joana Soeiro - 8|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Marian (Ind.)|
|39.6% (21 - 53)||Field Goals %||48.4% (31 - 64)|
|28.6% (4 - 14)||3 Point Field Goals %||57.9% (11 - 19)|
|68.4% (13 - 19)||Free Throws||100% (13 - 13)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
INDIANAPOLIS – Crossroads League leader Marian University defeated the Spring Arbor University women's basketball team 86-59 Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars stayed within striking distance most of the first half, but the defending national champions, and currently No. 5 ranked, Knights used an 11-0 run late in the second quarter and would pull away in the second half for their 11th straight victory.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 59, #5 Marian 86
LOCATION: PE Center | Indianapolis, Ind.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 12-14 (3-11 CL), Marian 23-3 (13-1 CL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Rachel Nelson opened the game with a three-pointer, and Kylie Townsley followed with a layup off a Marian turnover to give Spring Arbor an early 5-0 advantage.
- The defending national champions settled in though and used a 19-2 scoring run to gain control.
- Townsley helped the Cougars close the gap with five straight points. Then, jumpers from Nelson and Lindsey Lehman got SAU within five, 21-16. A late three-pointer from the Knights, however, gave the home team a 24-16 lead after one quarter of play.
- In the second quarter, buckets from Karly Bender and Rachel Driesenga made it a six point game, 28-22, with 7:01 to play in the period.
- Behind its high-powered offense though, Marian began to pull away. An 11-0 run during a four minute span late in the quarter put MU up by 17, and the Knights would head into the locker room on top 44-27.
- The Knights extended their lead to 20 in the third quarter and held off the Cougars for its 11th straight victory.
FOR THE COUGARS
- Townsley led Spring Arbor with 25 points – her fourth straight game scoring at least 20 points. She was 8-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds and three steals.
- Nelson finished with nine points while Bender and Driesenga chipped in seven apiece.
- The Cougars shot 40 percent (21-for-53) on the afternoon.
FOR THE KNIGHTS
- Four Knights scored in double figures, led by Jenna Sullivan's 16 points. Kellie Kirkhoff tallied 15 while Jessica Almeida and Candace Danz followed with 14 and 13, respectively.
- The Crossroads League's top offensive team connected on 48 percent (31-for-64) of its field goal attempts, including hitting 11 three-pointers going 11-for-19 from long range. The Knights were also a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe.
- Marian held the edge in rebounding 38-30, and also turned 10 offensive rebounds into 15 second chance points.
The Cougars return home to host Bethel College (8-18, 5-9 CL) on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.