Marquette Athletics Weekly Report
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The Week in Review ...
Men?s Basketball (9-1)
? The no. 16 Arizona Wildcats handed no. 25 Marquette its first loss of the season on Saturday, 48-43, in front of 17,624 fans at the Bradley Center. Both teams struggled to put up points as the Golden Eagles shot 30.6% and Arizona 34.6 percent. The last time Marquette scored 43 points or less was Feb. 16, 2000 in a 55-35 loss to DePaul at home. The last time Arizona scored fewer than 50 points in a game was March 15, 1985, when it scored 41 in an NCAA Tournament loss to Alabama.
Coming out of the halftime break down 25-19, Dameon Mason sparked a Marquette run that brought the Golden Eagles to within one. His back-to-back threes followed by a Steve Novak lay-up made the score 31-30. With the score 36-32, Travis Diener again brought Marquette to within one with a three-pointer with 13 minutes left. With 10 minutes remaining, Diener broke the school record for career three-pointers with his fourth three, putting him at 245. His basket also gave Marquette its first lead of the day, 38-36.
Diener led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 14 points, Novak contributed 11 and Mason chipped in with 10. Chris Rodgers answered Diener?s three with one of his own to tie the game and then hit another to take the three point lead. Rodgers led Arizona in scoring with 16. The Golden Eagles would take the lead once more after Novak hit a three with four minutes remaining. Marquette couldn?t find a way to pull off the win after Hassan Adams went 4-4 from the free throw line in the last two minutes of play while the Golden Eagles were 1-4.
Women?s Basketball (6-3)
? Jacqueline Batteast?s three-pointer as time expired gave No. 7 Notre Dame a 50-47 victory over Marquette at the Al McGuire Center. The game was highlighted by the star post players on each team ? Marquette?s Christina Quaye and Batteast. Quaye led Marquette with 20 points and eight rebounds while Batteast had 27 points and 10 rebounds. It was Batteast?s third double-double of the season and the 35th of her career.
Neither team shot well ? Marquette shot 28.6-percent (16-of-56) while Notre Dame shot 34.8-percent (16-of-46). Making rebounding a key stat in today?s game. Marquette won the battle of the boards, 47-31. It was Notre Dame?s largest rebounding deficit of the season; 20 of Marquette?s 47 rebounds came on the offensive end.
The game stayed close early in the second half as the lead changed hands seven times in the first 10 minutes of the half. Notre Dame slowly pulled away thereafter, extending its lead to five, 38-33, at the 7:29 mark on Charel Allen?s lay-in. Both teams found their shooting touch late in game as the teams began to trade baskets. Marquette tied the score at 40 when Danielle Kamm hit a falling 17-footer as the shot clock expired with 3:23 remaining. Breona Gray quieted the home crowd of 2,573 with a jumper that gave the Fighting Irish a 45-44 lead with 1:32 remaining. The score stayed that way until Kamm fouled Duffy with 16 seconds remaining. Duffy made both free throws, giving the Fighting Irish a three point advantage. Kamm hit a three-pointer with 6.7 seconds left to tie the game and hurried down the floor as Batteast took a pass from Duffy and hit the three as the buzzer sounded to seal the win.
Games to Watch ...
Tuesday, Dec. 21
? The Marquette basketball teams play their final contests before breaking for Christmas. The women?s team hosts St. Bonaventure at the Al McGuire Center at 6 p.m. The men?s team follows at 8 p.m., taking on Nebraska at the Bradley Center.
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