12:40 left. Chelsie Butler drops home a layup. Marquette leads 59-42. Seems like everything's cool, right? Marquette had tacked on 10 points to their halftime lead, and just needed to find a way to make zeros show up on the clock.
Layup from Alexis Brown.
Back to back threes from Teresa Kucera.
Jumper from Tabatha Richardson-Smith.
3:10 off the clock, and now the lead was back to seven after the 10-0 run by Seton Hall. Marquette would fight back and a pair of Cristina Bigica free throws would have the lead at 10 with 2:29 to play. Ok. Not the way you planned, but still fine. 149 seconds, just get out the door.
Somehow, I don't know how, but somehow, Seton Hall found a 13-3 run to end regulation. Even Katie Young's free throws with nine seconds left couldn't stave off overtime, as Richardson-Smith returned the favor by canning a triple with four seconds left to knot it up. Ok, well, maybe I do know how, as Richardson-Smith accounted for nine of the points, on her way to a game high 38 when things were said and done.
Overtime started the right way for the Golden Eagles: layups for Katherine Plouffe and Young, in that order. Those two buckets were the first four points of overtime. They were also that last four points of the game for MU. Seton Hall would score the next eight points: four each from Richardson-Smith and Ka-Deidre Simmons, and all of a sudden, Marquette was headed home with their sixth loss in Big East games this season.
Both Plouffe and Young would finish with double-doubles. Plouffe contributed a team high 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Young poured in 21 points and a game high 12 rebounds. The senior duo were the only Golden Eagles to grab more than one offensive rebound, finishing with seven total between them.
Abbie Willenborg Player of the Game: As if the double-double wasn't enough, Katherine Plouffe only missed two shots all afternoon: 10-12 from the field, 2-2 from the line. The senior star also chipped in two assists, which is a lot when you're not missing like she was, and only had one of Marquette's 21 turnovers on the day.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle of the Game: Chelsie Butler has been a whirlwind of execution lately. I wonder if someone told the junior center that someone's going to have to take up all of Plouffe's minutes next year and she realized that it could be her? In 17 minutes off the bench against the Pirates, Butler had eight points, six rebounds, an assist, and a block.
Up Next: As UFC announcer Mike Goldberg would say: Here we go! Marquette has just three games left on the schedule, and they're all against teams in front of them in the Big East standings. Losing this one was a massive blow, but they can make up for it with the chances left in front of them. If you're going to run a gauntlet, you may as well start with the hardest shot first. MU will travel to Queens, NY, on Wednesday to face off with St. John's. The Red Storm are 19-6 overall and 12-2 in league play after being upset by Georgetown on Tuesday night. SJU is ranked #22 in the country for the time being, and they'll play Creighton this afternoon at 2pm Central on Fox Sports 2.