After Marquette got out to an early lead in the first quarter, DePaul got going and the going got tough for the Golden Eagles as they ultimately fell by a score of 95-83 down in Chicago on Monday night.
At about 8:50pm Central, the Golden Eagles were up two midway through the second quarter. Then I had to go to a meeting. When I got back at around 10pm central, MU was down 12 with five minutes left in the game. I blame it on the meeting. With the loss, Marquette drops to 8-2 in conference play and has to share the Big East lead with DePaul, which is no fun.
This was a game of runs for the first three quarters until DePaul ran away with it in the fourth. The game started out nicely for the Golden Eagles up 14-8 with Natisha Hiedeman hitting two threes early. She actually went 4-11 from deep (it’s been a while) and the Golden Eagles were 39% from deep which is well above their season average of 31%. Who woulda thought MU would lose after shooting well from deep? I definitely didn’t. I was very hopeful and encouraged when I left my apartment thinking we were in good shape. I thought wrong. I also probably should have skipped the meeting. After DePaul extended their lead to seven, MU came back and actually led for most of the middle part of the third quarter. But then the Blue Demons made a late run and led 69-62 at the end of the third. That’s the closest Marquette would get for the rest of the game as the Blue Demons scored 26 points in the fourth to seal it.
Marquette shot the ball pretty well, DePaul just made more runs and finished the game hot. If we go by the numbers, MU was 44% from the field and 39% from 3-point range, while DPU shot 50% from the field and 32% from threes. Wait, so you’re telling me that MU shot better than DePaul from threes? Yup. And they still lost? Yup. How??? Well, for starters, the Blue Demons took care of the ball in the final and most crucial quarter with zero turnovers compared with MU’s five. Free throws were also an issue for the Golden Eagles as they left eight points at the line (10-18) while the Blue Demons went 18-21 from the charity stripe. Definitely should have fouled them less. Marquette was out-rebounded 44-36, but more importantly, they only recorded five second chance points with their 14 offensive rebounds compared to the 19 second chance points that DePaul had. Lastly, you can’t allow six players to record double-digit points if you want to win the game.
DePaul played their game better than we played ours, simple as that. Kelly Campbell led the way for the Blue Demons with 20 points and nine rebounds. Danielle King and Natisha Hiedeman carried the Golden Eagles with a combined 44 points and 11 assists. Allazia Blockton had an off shooting night (even though she almost recorded a double-double) with 11 points and brought down eight boards. Speaking of an off shooting night...Erika Davenport missed at least two bunnies and only connected on three of her nine attempts. It’s always weird to see Davenport’s usually amazing touch around the rim fail her.
Surprise, surprise DePaul is good at home. They also came in with extra motivation since Marquette had beaten them in four straight. What this does is it makes the final eight games reallyyyy interesting. DePaul currently sits ahead of the Golden Eagles because they’ve played one more game and have an overall record of 16-6 but they are even in conference play at 8-2.
Up Next: Thankfully, Marquette comes back home this weekend to play last place Providence (9-14, 2-9 Big East). The Friars snapped a seven game losing streak with a 70-68 victory over St. John’s over the weekend.