Katie Young's Buzzer Beater Sinks Villanova, 51-50
Jan. 10, 2012
MILWAUKEE - A 40-foot 3-pointer by Katie Young with time expiring proved to be the difference for the Marquette University women's basketball team Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles pulled out an improbable 51-50 victory over Villanova at the Al McGuire Center.
Sophomore forward Katherine Plouffe corralled a missed Rachel Roberts free throw with three seconds remaining and got the ball to Young who raced down the left wing and launched the ball as time expired.
Young ran off the floor towards the locker room in celebration as the Golden Eagles improved to 11-6 on the season and 2-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. Officials reviewed the final play and determined the basket good as those in attendance stood chanting, "We are (clap, clap) Marquette."
Villanova (11-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) went ahead 50-48 with 1:15 remaining on a Roberts layup and led until the final shot left Young's hands.
Plouffe, who was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, led Marquette with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore was MU's lone player in double digits.
The Wildcats were led by 17 points from Roberts and 12 from leading-scorer Laura Sweeney, who was 4-of-13 from the field. Sweeney added seven rebounds, seven steals, six assists and four blocks.
Marquette took its largest lead of the game at 30-20 with 3:14 remaining in the opening half on Young's first 3-pointer of the night. Young poured in a career-high five 3-pointers in MU's last contest against Seton Hall on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Wildcats outscored Marquette 19-4 over the next 12:30 on the game clock, taking a 39-34 lead with 10:45 remaining on a layup from Taylor Holeman.
Marquette poured in the next 10 points for a 44-39 lead before Villanova's Devon Kane regained the lead for the Wildcats, 48-46, with 2:25 to play.
A pair of Plouffe three throws with 1:39 remaining knotted the contest at 48-48 prior to Robert's go-ahead basket and Young's theatrics.
Marquette shot 100 percent (12-of-12) from the charity stripe as a team while Villanova had a mere six free throw attempts. The Wildcats had just as many made 3-pointers on the night as they did free throw attempts, converting at a 26.1 percent clip (6-of-23) from long range.
Young's buzzer-beating trey was one of three for the Golden Eagles as they attempted just six all evening.
Villanova entered the contest third in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage (.341) and fourth in free throw percentage (.751)
The Golden Eagles held a 36-to-23 advantage on the glass and were able to convert nine offensive rebounds into 15 points.
A costly 21 turnovers by Marquette helped the Wildcats to a 25-6 edge off MU's miscues, while they turned the ball over just 11 times themselves.
Villanova entered the game leading the nation with just 11.1 turnovers per game.
The contest, shown live on CBS Sports Network, was Marquette's first nationally televised game of the season.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. CT against St. John's at Madison Square Garden. The game can be viewed live on RedStormSports.com.
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