A 20-4 first quarter run put Marquette up 15 late in the frame and the game was never in doubt after that as the Golden Eagles beat Seton Hall 81-54 in New Jersey on Friday night. The Golden Eagles are now 14-3 in Big East play, and after the other action across the league on Friday, they remain tied with DePaul for first place with one game left to play.
The 20-4 run jumped off early after JaQuan Jackson hit a three to put the Pirates up 3-2 at the 7:39 mark. A layup by Erika Davenport on the other end flipped the lead back to Marquette, and they would never trail again. Five different Golden Eagles scored in the 20-4 run, and four different women combined to assist on six of MU’s eight baskets in the run.
There’s not much else to talk about in this game. Marquette was up 13 at the end of the first quarter, and they scored the first five points of the second quarter to emphasize their point. Yes, Seton Hall clawed it back to 10 points on a triple from Nicole Jimenez with 6:46 left in the second quarter. Marquette scored six straight after that. Seton Hall trimmed the lead to just 11 with 40 seconds left in the first half. Allazia Blockton answered with a jumper just before the horn to make it 13, and the Golden Eagles scored the first five coming out of the locker room. The lead got no closer than 14 from there.
Four different Golden Eagles scored in double digits, led by a strong 21 from Allazia Blockton on 9-of-16 shooting. Erika Davenport had a ridiculous day on the glass, tying her career best with 17 rebounds and adding 11 points to give her eight double-doubles on the season. Amani Wilborn was a lightning bolt for Marquette, scoring 11 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing five assists, and balancing her four turnovers with three steals. Seton Hall was held to just 38% shooting, including just 26% from long range. The Pirates were led by a 13 point effort from Jackson.
Up Next: Marquette tangles with St. John’s on Sunday, with tipoff scheduled for 1pm Central time on the Big East Digital Network. The Red Storm are coming off of a 67-54 loss to DePaul, and it’s the Blue Demons involvement in that game that’s of more concern to MU. That moved the Blue Demons to 14-3, thus turning Sunday into a final showdown for the regular season title. If Marquette wins, they clinch a share of the title. If DePaul loses and MU wins, the Golden Eagles win the Big East regular season title outright. If both teams win, then they share the title, but the #1 seed in the conference tournament will depend on what happens with Villanova and Creighton on Sunday. The Wildcats and Bluejays are tied for third at 11-6, and with MU and DePaul splitting their season series, the next tiebreaker is the record against the team and/or teams in third place. Marquette has the advantage if it’s Villanova, while DePaul holds the tiebreaker if it’s Creighton. There will not be a tie for third, as Nova hosts Creighton on Sunday.