Megan Duffy is now 7-2 as the Marquette women’s basketball head coach after her squad went across town to secure a 78-56 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Jordan King was the big story of the day, as the preseason Big East Freshman of the Year shot 54% to end up with 18 points along with three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
You never really want to say that things are over in the first three minutes, but facts are facts, and this is how the first three minutes went: King and Isabelle Spingola hit three-pointers, while Selena Lott got an and-1 layup and cashed in her free throw for nine points for Marquette. On the other end, the Golden Eagles came up with two steals to account for two-thirds of the Panthers’ three turnovers in the opening minutes. Yep, that’s a 9-0 lead for the Golden Eagles with the clock reading 7:20.
Okay, okay, technically, UWM broke into the scoring department right after that before the clock passed 7:00, but that’s not a very good story, now is it?
Another triple for King with 3:08 left in the first quarter gave Marquette their first 10 point lead of the day. After heading into the second quarter with a nine point lead, a Camryn Taylor transition layup gave MU the 10 point margin for good in this one, and King buried another three on MU’s next possession to make it a 14 point game. That was all part of an 11-0 run for the Golden Eagles that had them up 33-15 with 3:40 left in the quarter, and the margin sat at 16, 35-19, at the half.
Lott got to the rim for a layup to cap a 6-0 run midway through the third to put Marquette up by more than 20 for the first time in this one, and the lead would balloon as high as 25 in the period. From there, though, Milwaukee assembled a 17-6 run that bridged three-plus minutes of the third quarter and another three-plus minutes of the fourth. Brandi Bisping’s layup with 6:33 left to go trimmed the lead down to just 14, 58-14, and it wasn’t unrealistic to think that this one wasn’t quite over. Six of Marquette’s 22 turnovers on the day happened in that roughly seven minute long window, which explains an awful lot as to how the game had shifted in that drastic of a manner.
It got closer from there, as free throws from Sydney Levy and then another set from Jamie Reit pulled the Panthers within 12 twice in the final five minutes. Altia Anderson answered Reit’s freebies right away, and following a turnover by Milwaukee’s Lizzie Odegard — one of 23 on the day for the Panthers — Lauren Van Kleunen chipped in two of her six points on the day. A triple from Spingola followed that, and all of a sudden, it had been two minutes since the Panthers had scored, Marquette was on a 7-0 run, and they were back up 19. MU closed it out with six more points in the final minute to end up back up 22 when the final horn scored.
While King led the day with her stellar performance, she was joined in double digit territory by Lott (14 points) and Spingola (11). All three had three rebounds on the day, too, and all three had at least three assists. In fact, passing was the order of the day for MU, as they had 22 helpers on 30 made baskets.
Taylor and Anderson did the heavy lifting in the paint, grabbing up five and seven rebounds respectively, and Chloe Marotta added five of her own, too. Marquette ended up getting to 43% of their offensive rebounds in this one, which played a big part in MU keeping their efficiency above a point per possession. The Golden Eagles committed 22 turnovers, just one less than Milwaukee, but thanks to 13 offensive rebounds, MU had 11 more field goal attempts on the day. Milwaukee has been a great defensive rebounding team this season, ranking #50 in the country coming in according to HerHoopStats.com, so it’s a very good sign that MU’s offensive rebounding strength was able to shine through and help balance out the butterfingers elsewhere on the court.
You can go watch UWM’s highlight reel for this one if you want, but it’s all UWM buckets even though the Golden Eagles were running away with this one for the majority of 40 minutes.
Up Next: After more than a week off between MU’s last game and this one, it’ll be an even longer stretch off for the Golden Eagles. Thanks to Finals Week, MU won’t be in action again until next Tuesday night. They’ll be back out on the road for real for that one, heading out to Brookings, South Dakota, for the back end of a home-and-home series with South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits are 6-4 so far this season, but they are undefeated at home and will host Chattanooga and Central Michigan this week before MU comes to town.