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Marquette Women’s Basketball Clinches A Top Three Finish In The Big East

The Golden Eagles demolished Creighton on national television on Monday to move to 13-3 in the Big East.

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Selena Lott: very good at basketball
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Selena Lott soared close to a mythical 5 by 5 stat line on Monday night at the Al McGuire Center as her Marquette women’s basketball team downed Creighton, 65-41. MU is now 16-4 on the year and 13-3 in the Big East. With the win, the Golden Eagles have now clinched a top three finish in the conference and will have, at worst, the #3 seed in the conference tournament.

After a nice bit of back-and-forth action to start the game, Marquette closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run to go up 18-5. That was pretty much it for the competitive portion of our program.

The Bluejays were able to flicker the lead under 10 points in the middle of the second quarter, but an and-1 by Camryn Taylor with 1:52 left in the first half made it 33-22 at the intermission. Some more back-and-forth to start the third quarter had Creighton fighting to keep the margin right around 10 points, but an 8-0 run capped by a three by Jordan King turned it into a 43-26 game with 5:42 left in the third, and that was pretty much that. Marquette outscored Creighton 19-11 in the third and 13-8 in the fourth as they just kept pulling away.

Lauren Van Kleunen led Marquette in scoring with 20 points, getting 12 of those in the first quarter alone. That was a big deal for the Golden Eagles, as they benefited greatly from Camryn Taylor tearing it up inside against the Bluejays down in Omaha earlier this season. Selena Lott was outstanding, even with a 4-for-11 shooting performance. The star senior guard ended the night with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks, and six steals. It was the second straight double-double for Lott, and she missed the mythical five-by-five — five each in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks — by just two blocks in her 32 minutes of action.

How about some highlights, courtesy of FS1 and GoMarquette.com?

Up Next: Y’know how I said MU can’t finish worse than third in the league? Well, their final two games are against the other two teams in the top three, and both will be on the road. First up is #24 DePaul on Wednesday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4pm Central on FloHoops.