Cristina Bigica came through with late free throws to push Marquette to their first Big East win of the season. - Molly Mullane/MarquetteImages.com
The Golden Eagles pick up their third road win of the season and first Big East win of the season.
They're only 3-3 on the road so far this season, but it seems that Terri Mitchell and the Marquette women's basketball team knows how to give themselves a chance to win this season. Of the six road games, only the game against at the time #24 Texas A&M was decided by more than four points.
If you want to pick a spot where the game turned, you can look at the last 6:32 of the first half. Marquette held Seton Hall without a field goal for that whole stretch as the Golden Eagles turned a 3 point Pirates lead into a 3 point MU lead at the half. Marquette turned that into a nine point lead with 14 minutes left in the game, but a 12-3 SHU run would tie the game with just over five minutes left.
SHU would hit shots down the stretch, but the Pirates allowed Marquette to take control of the game at the charity stripe. MU had a three point lead with 1:50 left after Cristina Bigica went 3-4 from the line and Arlesia Morse added a pair as well. Seton Hall turned to their best scorer, Brittany Morris, who canned a three to tie the game.
It looked like Brooklyn Pumroy's game high ninth turnover would finally end up costing the Golden Eagles the game, but Alexandra Masenko got whistled for an offensive foul six seconds later to give MU the ball right back. Morse got a layup with 52 seconds left gave Marquette the lead for good, and Morse salted the game away by hitting three of her four free throws as Seton Hall tried to extend the game by fouling.
The most impressive part about this win might be that Marquette figured out how to win a game while still turning the ball over at a ludicrous rate. Although, to be fair, most of the turnovers - 17 of the team's 27 - came from Pumroy and Katherine Plouffe, who had eight.
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: Katherine Plouffe had her fifth double double of the season, but those eight turnovers disqualify her. I'm giving this to Arlesia Morse, who went 2-12 from the field in the first 37 minutes, but she had to shoot all six of her free throws from this game in the last 3 minutes, and made five of them. She also got a steal when MU needed one late and hit her only shot in the last three minutes as well, which was the game winner.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: I already alluded to this one. We don't mention her much in these recaps, because she's usually not showing up in important moments, but this goes to Cristina Bigica for her late free throws, which were not just her only points of the game, but her only shots of the game. I like watching Bigica play. I get the impression that she might be the most well rounded player on Marquette's roster, due to her European background, but she's just figuring out what Terri Mitchell needs her to do on the court.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles head back out on the road on Saturday afternoon to take on Pittsburgh.