Marian defense stifles Foresters

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2006-01-04

 Marian College's stifling defense kept the Foresters' offense in check for much of the game and led to the Knights' 61-53 victory. Early in the contest, HU struggled to get a good look at the basket as Marian defenders were glued to the Foresters. A Jessica Ramey trey was all of HU's offense for the first six minutes of play, allowing the Knights to jump out to a 16-3 advantage. The Foresters then settled down and began to chip away at Marian's lead. HU outscored the Knights 16-9 over the next ten minutes to pull within six at 25-19 with 5:34 to go in the half. Marian finished the period with an 8-4 run to take a 33-23 lead at the break.

The Knights' defense again dominated play early in the second half as they forced HU into several turnovers. A 3-point field goal by Marian's Katie Linn at the 14:37 mark gave the Knights their largest lead of the game at 44-27. Marian still owned a 48-32 lead at the midpoint of the half when the Foresters finally put together a few good offensive possessions. Following a field goal by Marian's Michelle Meneguzzi, which put the Knights' up 53-40 at the 5:44 mark, the Foresters put together one last run. Over the next four minutes, HU scored nine points while holding the Knights scoreless to pull within 53-49 with 1:08 on the clock. On Marian's next possession, Ramey went for a steal, but was called for a foul, sending Linn to the line. She broke the Knights' scoring drought with the two charity tosses. Ramey missed her jumper at the other end and Meneguzzi put it out of reach with a short jumper in the paint. Kassie Koselke put on the finishes touches for Marian with four consecutive free throws in the waning seconds.

Ramey topped all scorers in the game with her 21 points. Bean added a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Meneguzzi and Linn each scored 10 to lead the Knights. With the loss, the women fall to 7-8 on the season and 2-3 in conference play.

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