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Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 21, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian women's basketball team extended its winning streak to 16 games and opened up postseason play with a big 82-54 win over Goshen Tuesday night on John Grimes Court in Indianapolis. The win makes Marian 28-3 on the season.


Both teams struggled from the field to start and Marian held a three-point advantage midway through the first quarter. After a Goshen free throw cut Marian's lead to one with 4:27 to play in the first, the Knights went on a 14-0 run to take a 25-10 lead. The backcourt of Kellie Kirkhoff and Jessica Almeida combined for 14 of Marian's points.

Goshen's offensive woes were cured after the quarter break as the Maple Leafs hit their first three shots from the field in the second. Goshen worked the deficit down to six early in the second, but Marian was able to get it back up 14. In the final minute of the quarter the Maple Leafs hit a pair of shots that brought the Marian lead to 10 and had a shot to cut it to seven. The 3-pointer didn't fall and Marian got a bucket on the other end to take a 12-point lead into the locker room, 44-32.

Marian extended the lead to 17 four minutes into the third quarter and it only got better from there as the Knights stretched the lead up to 32 midway through the fourth quarter. The Knights' offense was firing on all cylinders as Marian finished 54 percent from the field. Conversely, Goshen struggled to ever find an offensive rhythm, finishing 35 percent from the field. 

Four Knights finished with double figures with Almeida's 19 leading the way. Dejah Cyrus added 16, Kirkhoff scored 15 and Joana Soeiro finished with 10 points. Jenna Sullivan added five points and 12 rebounds. Marian outscored Goshen in the paint 38-22.

The Knights move on to the Crossroads League semifinals and will host Grace at 7 p.m. on John Grimes Court. Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more.

Goshen College 13-181022101254
Marian University 28-32519221682
Feb. 21, 2017
Marian University PE Center
Attendance: 269
Goshen CollegeIndv. LeadersMarian University
#25 Prigge, Alyson - 17Points #01 Jessica Almeida - 19
#25 Prigge, Alyson - 9Rebounds #24 Jenna Sullivan - 12
#30 Sears, Sophia - 8Assists #01 Jessica Almeida - 5
Goshen CollegeTeam StatisticsMarian University
35.2% (19 - 54) Field Goals % 54.2% (32 - 59)
28% (7 - 25) 3 Point Field Goals % 36.8% (7 - 19)
100% (9 - 9) Free Throws 61.1% (11 - 18)
32Rebounds 34
13Assists 17
18Turnovers 9
22nd Chance Pts 5