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It's Raining Threes: Cincinnati 65, #20/22 Marquette 62

The Cincinnati Bearcats women's team made 7 of the 17 first half three point attempts (41.2%) they took on Monday night to stake themselves to a 33-27 lead at midpoint against Marquette.  You'd THINK that this couldn't last, right?  WRONG.  They got better in the 2nd half, shooting 6 of 12 (50%) behind the arc to help withstand a rally from the Golden Eagles.  Marquette actually managed to hold a lead for much of the last 9 minutes, but a Tatiyiana McMorris 3 ball with 2:54 would be the last time they would score at all and Cincinnati went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead and upset the #20/22 ranked Golden Eagles.  McMorris led Marquette in scoring with 18, but couldn't convert on two 3 point chances to tie the game as the clock wound down.

With the loss, Marquette misses out on a tie for 4th in the Big East, instead winning a tiebreaker for 5th place to earn the 5th seed and a first round bye in the Big East Women's Basketball Championship.  Marquette will begin play on Saturday, March 5at 1pm Central against the winner of Pittsburgh/South Florida.  The game will be broadcast on and check your local listings for availability through the Big East Network.

My Big East Women's Championship predictions are after The Jump:

Big East Champion: Connecticut

Most Valuable Player: Maya Moore, F, Connecticut

What?  They haven't lost a Big East game since February of 2008.  I'm not picking against them.