Arlesia Morse had a career high 30 points and Kenisha Bell added 23 as the Golden Eagles bounced back from a halftime deficit to defeat Georgetown, 80-73. It's the first Big East win of the season for Marquette (5-17, 1-10 Big East), and the first conference win of first year head coach Carolyn Kieger's career.
The name of the game was free throws. Marquette attempted 42 free throws in the game, which is admittedly boosted by Georgetown attempting to extend the game in the final minute. The Golden Eagles only shot 55 field goals in the entire game, though, so that's still a ton of freebies. You've got to bury those attempts to make a difference, though, and Marquette did, canning 33 of them. Morse was the biggest benefactor, making all 17 of her tries. Along the way, she set a program record for both attempts and made free throws in addition to her career high in points. Shoutout to Georgetown's Brittany Horne who fouled out of the game with MU up 78-73 with 0.8 seconds left and gave Morse the final two attempts to notch all three marks.
The Hoyas actually led by as many as seven, with that mark coming on a Faith Woodard bucket with 13 minutes left in the first half. Marquette would wipe that lead out when Bell tied the game at 17 on a jumper just before the 10 minute mark, and from there, it was a back and forth affair. No one could gain any significant advantage in the game until there were less than three minutes left in the game. Marquette scored seven straight points to turn the game from tied at 67 into a 74-67 lead with just 73 seconds remaining. That's when both teams went nuts with the fouling. All Marquette had to do was just grab some rebounds and stand there, but they continued to do the Hoyas some favors by fouling in the final minute. The two teams combined for 14 freebies over the final 50 seconds of the game, but the Hoyas never got closer than three points and never had the ball when trailing by three, either.
Up Next: Marquette heads back out onto the road next weekend looking to win consecutive games for the second time this season. They'll be in Ohio on Friday to take on Xavier (13-9, 5-6), then on Sunday afternoon, MU will square off with Butler (12-10, 8-3).