Four Pirates scored in double figures, including a game high 24 points from Daisha Simmons, as Marquette lost big to Seton Hall, 88-58.
Marquette had a 7-3 lead in the opening moments on two buckets from Kenisha Bell and a three-pointer from Arlesia Morse. Then Seton Hall ran off the next 11 points to take a 14-7 lead and in total, closed the half on a 40-13 run. That was pretty much it for the Golden Eagles, as the lead jumped out to 30 points four minutes into the second half and never dipped lower than 27 for the remainder of the contest.
You have to score points to win basketball games, and that's where Marquette struggled the most in this game. They had a game long effective field goal percentage of just 35.1%, and shot just 6-21 (28.6%) behind the three point line. Morse was an awful 2-8 from behind the arc, while Hannah Grim continued her quest to join Jajuan Johnson on the banned list by going 0-4. With those four misses, Grim is now shooting 3-31 from long range on the season, and as a team, Marquette is only hitting a quarter of their threes. Which is bad.
On the other side of the court, Seton Hall was throwing balls through the rim from all over the place. They shot 47% overall and had an eFG% of 53%. The Pirates knocked down five of their 12 long range attempts in the second half to help preserve their monster lead.
You can sum up Marquette's result in this game by the following sentence: McKayla Yentz led MU in scoring with a career high 12 points. This is not intended as a slight on Yentz by any stretch of the imagination. Even after her 14 minute appearance in this game, she's only appeared in 14 of Marquette's 17 games this season and she's only averaging nine minutes a game and just 2.6 points. I'm sure that Yentz is working hard in practices and doing everything she can to make sure that she's carrying out head coach Carolyn Kieger's vision on the court, but Marquette is going to mightily struggle to win games if Yentz is the leading scorer on the team this season.
With the loss, Marquette has now lost six in a row to open Big East play and falls to 4-13 overall. The Golden Eagles find themselves alone in last place, as every other team in the league has won at least one conference game so far. Seton Hall moves their record to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in league play, which puts them into a tie for first place with DePaul.
Up Next: Tomorrow afternoon, Marquette will be in New York City to tangle with St. John's. The Red Storm (13-4, 4-2 Big East) got popped at home in overtime by DePaul on Friday afternoon, so they're probably not happy and looking to feast on a struggling Marquette squad.