The problem with caring about something is that you give it the power to crush your heart.
With the game tied at 50 and 3 seconds remaining, Katie Young missed a three. Arlesia Morse scrambled for the long rebound and was called for Marquette's tenth foul, putting Providence into the double bonus. A scant 0.1 seconds remained on the clock. Providence's Rachel Barnes then sank both the free throws and a dagger into the heart of the crowd at the McGuire Center.
Your Golden Eagles built an early 10-5 lead, but the Friars (Aside: I'm not usually a fan of slapping Lady in front of the nickname for the women's team and downright hate adding -ette to the end, but referring to a group of women as Friars is hurting my brain) closed the gap within the first ten minutes. Both teams struggled with poor shooting and turnovers in the first half and Providence went into halftime with a 26-19 lead.
Terri Mitchell must have lit a fire under her team during the break as Marquette opened the second half with a 22-4 run to go up 41-30. Turnovers continued to be a problem: Marquette handed the ball over 27 times overall and a string of seven possessions which ended in either a turnover or foul allowed Providence to creep back in and tie the game.
The final quarter of this match-up became a nail biter has neither team was able to pull away. Cristina Bigica drew a charging call after a Katherine Plouffe jumper put Marquette up, but after the time out Bigica turned it back over. Providence's Barnes, Briana Edwards, and Alicia Cropper missed a combined 5 free throws. (Aside: This game would have caused RubieQ to R-U-N-N-O-F-T).
Marquette tied up the game at 50 with just under 90 seconds of play left. After getting the defensive rebound on a Providence miss and an offensive rebound from their, it seemed that the Golden Eagles controlled their own destiny with 27 seconds remaining coming out of their own timeout.
But you already know that this story ends with heartbreak, so perhaps it's time to move onto the highlights.
After the jump, Four Factors, Awards, and Whimsy.
Courtesy of Brewtown Andy:
eFG%: MU - 44% PC - 35.3%
TO%: MU - 40% PC - 25.4%
OReb: MU - 32% PC - 42.5%
FT Rate: MU - 33.3% PC - 32.8%
Points Per Possession: MU - 0.74 PC - 0.78
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: 38 minutes played, 3 steals, 6 of 8 from the field, and 4 of 4 on her free throws: this one goes to Katherine Plouffe even though her 6 turnovers are making my eye twitch.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: Arlesia Morse's last second foul can not diminish that she contributed a steal, 2 assists, and 9 points during Marquette's comeback run.
Up Next: At West Virginia in Morgantown, Saturday, January 28th, 6pm.