Marquette had to overcome an eight point halftime deficit, and did so on a Lauren Tibbs layup just more than halfway through the second half. The Golden Eagles were able to gain a three point advantage repeatedly late in the game, and a pair of Katie Young free throws put MU up 69-67 with 70 seconds remaining. Georgetown got a bucket from Jade Martin with 47 seconds left to knot things at 69, and Marquette's two looks late - a three pointer from Young and a heave at the buzzer from Pumroy - went astray.
When things go to overtime, that's when your best players have to shine. Plouffe did just that for Marquette. Every shot that left her hand in the extra session found the bottom of the net. Two field goals, including her only three point make of the game, and six free throws gave her the last 11 points of her career best night. The last two freebies came when Logan Battle fouled Plouffe deep in the shot clock and pushed the lead to three with just 33 seconds left. Georgetown wasn't going to go away, though, and Katie McCormick buried a three pointer with eight seconds left to give the game its ninth tie.
So, with eight seconds to play with, Terri Mitchell called timeout. It doesn't really matter what Coach Mitchell drew up in the huddle, because Battle got touchy again, committing her second foul in just 32 seconds when she made contact with Pumroy. They were the only two fouls of the game for the sophomore, but they led to Marquette's last four points of the game, and the two point win for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette moves to 2-1 in Big East action, while Georgetown falls to 0-2.
Abbie Willenborg Player of the Game: I like when things are obvious. It makes these awards so simple, and nothing makes things more simple than the words "career high." Katherine Plouffe scored 33 points, including 11 of MU's 13 points in OT. She also snared 13 rebounds - four on the offensive end - for her sixth double-double of the season, and in her free time, KP dished an assist and grabbed two steals. It should be noted that Brooklyn Pumroy had a career high 11 assists, too, but Plouffe's overtime performance made the difference.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle of the Game: Between Plouffe's career night, Pumroy's last second heroics, not to mention Pumroy's passing expertise, Katie Young gets overlooked in this game. Here's her line from the game: 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, a block, a steal, and no turnovers. This win doesn't happen without Young's all around performance.
Up Next: On Wednesday night, Marquette welcomes in Seton Hall to the Al McGuire Center. After a 9-2 start to the season, the Pirates are 0-2 in league play.