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Saints Rally for Home Victory

02/04/2014 – The women's basketball team used a late charge to earn a hard fought victory over Indiana Tech at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The win improved the Saints record to 10-6 in the league and to 17-6 overall, while the Warriors fell to 13-11 on the season and to 10-6 in the WHAC. The Saints are currently perched in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings with Indiana Tech and Northwestern Ohio.

The Saints, who fell to the Warriors back in November, were looking to return the favor on their home court. Both squads are currently jockeying for post-season position as the WHAC tournament looms. The first half was tightly contested as neither team could put any distance on their opponent. A five-point lead was enjoyed by both squads, with the Warriors nursing a 35-31 advantage at the halftime break.

Indiana Tech used a 15-7 run over the first five minutes of the second half to run their lead to a dozen. The Aquinas faithful began to get restless as the home team seemed to be reeling. The Saints rallied and maintained their composure and methodically came all the way back to tie the score at 74 with three minutes remaining in regulation. The trio of Taelor Sanders, Allison Heberlein and Marissa Marx stepped up over the games final minutes to will the Saints to the 85-82 victory. Key defensive stops and accurate free throw shooting down the stretch allowed the Saints to walk off the court victorious.

The Saints were led by the 25-point night turned in by Taelor Sanders. Taelor, who leapfrogged Heather Orr, now ranks 8th all-time with 1,344 career points. Marissa Marx chipped in the 14 points, while Chelsea Matley stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Saints will now entertain #23 Cornerstone (17-6, 12-4 WHAC) on Wednesday night at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.

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