In a game that was really about a lot more than just basketball, Marquette women’s hoops prevailed over Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 72-40. Marquette is now 8-2 on the year and 4-1 in Big East play, while the Hoyas have dropped to 1-4 both in league and overall.
There’s no reason to dive too deep into the wheres and whatfors of what happened in this game. Marquette started out on an 8-0 run that was halted by a timeout from GU head coach James Howard as he was presumably terribly tired already of watching MU attempt to baseline jumper his team into submission. The quarter would end with Marquette up 16-5, and the lead would never be single digits for the rest of the 40 minutes. The lead hit 20 for the first time on a bucket from Taylor Valladay at the 3:06 mark of the second quarter, and Georgetown managed to keep the margin under 30 until Chloe Marotta scored on the break with 5:15 left to go in the fourth quarter. The end.
Marotta was the big story of the game as she followed up her stellar performance against St. John’s on Sunday by hitting 10 of her 11 shots from the field to score a game and career high 21 points. When she wasn’t busy being a total nightmare for Georgetown to defend, Marotta grabbed seven rebounds, dealt out four assists, and came up with a steal, too.
While Marotta’s scoring is the notable single effort in the contest, the team effort by Marquette’s defense is why they won the game. The Golden Eagles held the Hoyas to just 0.60 points per possession, and with just 16 made field goals and a 2-for-17 outing from behind the arc, Georgetown finished with an effective field goal percentage of 27.9%. That’s field goal percentage with extra credit for made three-pointers, and they still couldn’t get to 30% on the day.
How about some highlights, courtesy of FloHoops and GoMarquette.com?
Up Next: The Golden Eagles will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they visit Butler. That game is scheduled for a 1pm Central time tipoff on FS1. The Bulldogs are 1-9 on the year with a Thursday night home date against #18 DePaul looming on their schedule before MU gets to Indianapolis. In case you were wondering: Butler’s lone win on the year was a 58-40 victory against this Georgetown team.