Backed by 41 points from Allazia Blockton and Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette moved to 2-0 in Big East play with an 84-77 victory over Georgetown on Friday afternoon.
Georgetown took a five point lead midway through the first quarter, but that’s when things flipped in Marquette’s favor. In just a shade over two minutes, the Golden Eagles went on a 13-0 run, featuring two three-pointers from Hiedeman. That had MU up 8 at 21-13, and the lead would never get closer than four the the rest of the game.
I suppose that’s not a very exciting recap.
Well, things did get a little fun later on. Marquette pushed the lead to 10 (11, actually) on a pair of Altia Anderson free throws with 1:48 left in the first half. For the most part, Marquette held off Georgetown in the third quarter, but a Dionna White layup brought the lead down to that magic number of four with 1:56 left in the period. MU fired back with a 6-0 run capped by a jumper from Hiedeman, and a buzzer beating triple from McKayla Yentz gave them an 11 point lead with 10 minutes left.
The lead would get as big as 15 with a shade under six minutes left, but the Hoyas clawed their way back in a bit. They got it under 10 with less than 90 seconds left, but didn't get get it down to six until there was only 14 seconds left and by then, it was too late for them.
Wanna hear something weird? Marquette and Georgetown were exact duplicates of each other in all of the Four Factors except for effective field goal percentage. I don’t mean the percentages were the same, I mean the stats were exactly the same. 69 field goal attempts, 13 turnovers, 15 offensive rebounds on 45 chances, and 26 attempted free throws. In fact, both teams made 28 of their shots, and 17 of their free throws, so the game was decided by Marquette making 11 of their 24 three-point attempts while Georgetown made just 4 of their 18 attempts.
Up Next: Marquette returns home for a pair of games on a quick turnaround. First up is Creighton on Monday night. If you can’t make it down to the Al, that game will be broadcast on FS1.