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Women's Basketball: Cold Start Dooms Marquette vs Seton Hall

Don't miss your first eleven shots, kids.

Danielle King led Marquette in scoring with 16 points against Seton Hall.
Danielle King led Marquette in scoring with 16 points against Seton Hall.

Marquette's first 15 possessions against Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon consisted of 11 missed shots and four turnovers.  The Hall led 15-0 at the moment right before Marquette finally broke through with 4:15 remaining in the first half, and by that time, it was too late for the Golden Eagles.

I know, it's a game with 34 minutes remaining and 15 points isn't that much, nor is 12 points, when you consider the fact that MU's first bucket was a triple from Natisha Hiedeman.  In fact, Marquette scored the next eight points of the game to make it 15-8.  Except Seton Hall went on a 10-1 run to bridge into the second quarter, and they just kept coming.  A 13 point lead at the end of the first turned into a 28 point lead at halftime, and the Pirates would never lead by fewer than 24 after intermission on their way to a 99-68 win.

You wonder if SHU head coach Tony Bozzella just printed out the box score from last year's Pirate loss late in the season at the Al McGuire Center which probably cost Seton Hall a seed line in the NCAA tournament and wallpapered their locker room with it?  It's one thing to get a jump on a team like Seton Hall did here, it's another thing to just wall to wall massacre them.

If you want to leave this game with a shiny feeling, I guess you could look at Hiedeman.  She finished with 15 points on 6-12 shooting (3-7 3Pt), and added four points and three assists.  Allazia Blockton finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, but it took her 14 field goals and a 6-7 outing at the free throw stripe to get there.  Six different Pirates scored in double figures, led by 20 from Tabatha Richardson-Smith.

Marquette falls to 0-2 in Big East play and 5-8 overall.  Seton Hall stays unbeaten in league action, moving to 3-0 and 13-1 on the season.

Up Next: It's not getting easier.  On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles are visiting St. John's, the team picked to finish second in the Big East this season.  The Red Storm are 2-1 in the Big East this season after a furious rally by SJU fell short against DePaul on Sunday evening.