Grace falls to No. 4 Knights in league tourney
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team was unable to stop one of the hottest teams in the nation on Tuesday night.
No. 4 Marian won its 19th straight game, beating Grace 84-55 in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.
Maddie Ryman led all scorers with 25 points as one of the lone bright spots offensively for the Lady Lancers (12-16). She shot 7 of 11 from the field, 2 of 4 from beyond the arc and a perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line.
Grace ranks No. 26 in the nation with a plus-5.1 turnover margin per game. But the script was flipped on Tuesday as the Lady Lancers lost the ball 20 times compared to eight for the Knights (25-4).
The Lady Lancers fell behind early after a big opening quarter by the Knights. Marian outscored Grace 27-11 in the first frame. Grace was unable to score for the final 2:58 of the quarter.
The margin grew to 24 by halftime; the Knights took a commanding 46-22 lead into the intermission.
Grace made just 7 of 26 from the floor in the first half (27 percent). Comparatively, Marian shot 50 percent from the floor (18 of 36).
Late in the third quarter, Grace made a 7-0 run which was sparked by an and-1 by Ryman. But it was not nearly enough to slow down the Knights.
Both teams played with tremendous energy until the final whistle, but Marian cruised away with the victory to reach the tournament semifinals.
Kenzie McMahon finished with eight points and three rebounds, and Kaylee Patton added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Kyannah Stull tallied 6 points, 4 assists and 4 boards, and Kaylie Warble had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block.
Sarah O’Day scored four points off the bench, and Carissa Wiegman pulled down four boards.