Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Marquette women’s basketball weathered an early storm from Georgetown before eventually tightening up on defense and running away with an easy victory.
That was the story of how the Golden Eagles beat the Hoyas back in late January, and it’s also the story of MU’s 76-56 victory over Georgetown at McDonough Arena on Sunday afternoon. Marquette is now 21-7 overall and 12-5 in Big East play.
In Milwaukee earlier this season, Georgetown led by as many as 10 at one point. This game never got that bad. However, some hot early shooting from the Hoyas did have the two sides going back and forth through the first 10 minutes before wrapping up the first quarter tied at 21 each. Georgetown is not a particularly great three-point shooting squad, but hitting three of their first four attempts definitely helped things towards that tie at 21.
Things started tilting MU’s way early in the second period, but the Hoyas bounced back to tie the game at 28. Marquette spent the rest of the quarter building a lead before Georgetown would do just enough to remind you that they were still there. It peaked at eight points with Lauren Van Kleunen scored to make it 42-34, but GU’s Taylor Barnes scored right before the horn to make it a six point margin at the half.
Marquette put their stamp on the game with a 7-0 run out of the locker room, capped by a nifty transition three from Selena Lott off a flip pass from Isabelle Spingola. Marquette was up 49-36, and the lead was firmly in double digit territory for the rest of the way. Still, though, the Hoyas kept poking back, and it was only a 10 point game heading to the final quarter.
An 8-0 run featuring the first five points from Altia Anderson gave Marquette a 21 point lead, pushing the margin past 20 for the first time. At this point, there was less than five minutes left to go in the game, and that was pretty much that.
Lots of people had quality games for Marquette here, led by a game high 18 points from Lott, who also had a rebound and four assists. Anderson looked great, going for 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, and four blocks, while LVK just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Up Next: Only one thing left to do this season for Marquette, and that’s host DePaul for the regular season finale. The Blue Demons were ranked #12 in the country this past week, but ended up with an ugly 76-58 loss on the road against Villanova on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons have already locked up sole possession of the Big East regular season title, while Marquette will be in need of a win to lock up second place all to themselves.