MILWAUKEE – The Mount Mary University basketball team closes out their regular season this week. As the memorable season comes to a close, multiple events will fill the Bloechl Center in addition to the feature rivalry game against the Sabercats.
In addition to honoring Becky Onan (Sr./Grafton, Wis.) for Senior Night, it will also be the second Gold Rush Night which means the first 100 fans to arrive at Tuesday's game will receive a free Mount Mary t-shirt. The MMU Student Outreach Program will be offering free pizza and a sign-making station for students prior to the game. Young saxophonist Kyle Lee will also perform The Star Spangled Banner prior to the game's start.
This week's game…
(Home games in bold.)
- Tues. Feb. 20 Maranatha Baptist 7:00 pm
Along with the festivities, the Blue Angels have many records on the table during Tuesday's game. While the heavily decorated Becky Onan closes out her collegiate career, each block, steal, defensive rebound and overall rebound, assist, point and minute played will further push MMU's all-time career highs in the respective categories.
Deep-threat Rae Grubbs (So./Covington, Ind.) needs just two made 3-point field goals to tie the single season record of 37, set by Jordan Osley ('11) two seasons in a row. Grubbs has already taken the single-game record for 3-point field goals made this season when she knocked down seven against Grace Bible.
Erica Williams (Fr./Bloomington, Ill.) will add to her already record setting season. The youngster has ripped down rebounds at an alarming pace and is now the single-season record holder for offensive (85) and total rebounds (220). Williams needs just eight rebounds to tie the single-season record for defensive rebounds held by Ashley Leverenz ('14)
Tuesday's rival game against the Sabercats (8-13) will be a season rematch. In the first meeting, the Blue Angels defeated MBU in a 60-54 victory where MMU enjoyed an 18-point lead in the third. In typical rivalry-game style, the Sabercats did not give up and chipped away at the sizeable lead to the final horn.
Both teams have evolved since that first meeting. As mentioned, Williams' rebounding prowess and Grubbs' 3-point threat have been a key to MMU's success this season and has improved as the season progressed.
The Sabercats have improved their overall shooting and rebounding as the season has continued. MBU has hit over 40 percent from the field in each of their last three victories including a 67-54 win over common opponent Grace Bible (11-15); MMU split with the Tigers in their season series.
Doors will be open early for the 7:00 pm tip. Live stats and electronic program will be available for everyone at mtmaryathetlics.com. Live video coverage for the historic event can also be seen at the Blue Angels BoxCast Channel.