WATERTOWN, Wis. – Host Maranatha Baptist University defeated the Mount Mary University basketball team tonight at the MBU Gymnasium 72-48. Although the Blue Angels end the 2018-19 season on a loss, their 10-11 record sets the new program record for wins in a season.
Tonight's contest opened with the Sabercats going on a 6-0 run via a pair of three-pointers in the first 50 seconds of the game. The Blue Angels responded by attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. Rae Grubbs (Jr./Covington, Ind.) was the first to go a perfect 2-for-2 at the free throw line, then an interior bucket by Erica Williams (So./Bloomington, Ill.) on the following possession cut the deficit back down to two.
MBU regained momentum after the Williams' score and went on to hit 8-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from outside the three-point line. The Blue Angels were able to force four turnovers in the frame and hit 4-of-4 from the free throw line, but the Sabercats finished the quarter ahead 19-9.
MMU kept pace in the second quarter holding their opponent to 3-of-16 from the field and 0-of-5 from outside. The Blue Angels were able to cut the MBU lead down to five-point capitalizing on MMU hitting 4-of-4 team free throws, but the Sabercats hit 8-of-12 from the free throw line to push the score to 33-20 at halftime.
The Blue Angels came out of the locker room energized. After MMU forced the Sabercats into a missed shot, Williams found Grubbs open for a 3-pointer. Then after MMU stopped their opponent on the next possession, Brooke Uebersetzig (Jr./Greenwood, Ind.) knocked down another 3-point field goal cutting the MBU lead to seven.
With their highest offensive output of the night, the Blue Angels scored 18 points in the third quarter off 3-of-8 from outside and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. MBU hit an effective 8-of-18 from the field in the third to add to their lead and finish the quarter up 53-38.
The Sabercats expanded their lead in the final quarter hitting 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from the field. MMU attacked from outside in order to shrink the lead and hit 2-of-11 from outside and 4-of-16 overall in the quarter.
Grubbs led the Blue Angels on offense with 14 points on 2-of-8 from outside and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. The two made 3-pointers adds to Grubbs' single-season record for 3-point field goals made with 40. Grubbs added a pair of steals to lead her squad on defense as well.
Teammate Erica Williams finished with 10 points and a team high nine rebounds and three assists. The sophomore forward finished her season averaging a double-double and tallied 11 such feats this season.
The Blue Angels will now focus on their offseason as their regular season comes to its close. While the Blue Angels prepare for next year, please visit MtMaryAthletics.com for news and updates.