Augustana women's basketball falls short at UMary

BISMARCK N.D. -- Following a road win on Friday night in Minot, the Vikings looked to keep the momentum rolling on Saturday in Bismarck. Despite their best efforts, the Vikings fell to U-Mary, 68-62. Augustana is now 19-6 (11-5 NSIC) and the Marauders move to 13-6 (11-5 NSIC).

Leading all players in scoring was Vishe' Rabb as she tallied 18 points in the loss. Chipping in 16 was Lynsey Prosser, and with free throws in the third quarter, the senior surpassed the 1,000 point mark in her career.Abby Hora also notched nine points and Camryn Hay added seven.

In Bismarck, the Vikings got off to a hot start going on a 11-0 run vs. the Marauders in the opening quarter. During that run, the Vikings forced the Marauders to not score until the five minute mark when Coral Gillette knocked down a three.

Augustana opened the quarter going 7-of-17 from the field while holding Mary to 3-of-11. In the first 10 minutes, the Vikings forced nine turnovers that led to eight quick points.

The Vikings slowed down in the second, collecting just four points on 2-of-17 from the field. The Marauders found their rhythm, scoring 17 points and at halftime, the Vikings headed into the locker room trailing by seven, 31-24.

Things were starting to look up in the third quarter when the Vikings dropped 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. However, Augustana still trailed 42-51.

Going into the final quarter of play, the Vikings chipped away at the defect but down the final stretch they couldn't deliver. With 1:35 left in the game the two teams were tired, but the Marauders knocked down a huge three pointer and converted on a couple free throws to seal the win.

Overall, the Vikings finished shooting 25-of-69 (36.2%) from the field while the Marauders shot 21-of-55 (38.2%). Although the Vikings are one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, U-Mary also controlled the glass with a 43-32 advantage.

The Vikings now look to take on the UMD Bulldogs and SCSU Huskies next weekend at the Sioux Falls Arena. Friday's game vs. the Bulldogs starts at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday's game vs. the Huskies starts at 3:30 p.m.