MU Tops No. 19/18 DePaul in OT, 102-101
Jan. 21, 2017
CHICAGO -- A layup from Erika Davenport proved to be the game winner with 59 seconds left in overtime as the Marquette women's basketball team upset No. 19/18 DePaul, 102-101, on Saturday night in McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Golden Eagles (16-4, 7-2) erased a 15-point deficit with a 62-point second half to force their first overtime game this season. MU led just 1:44 in the game, but held the advantage when it mattered most. DePaul (16-5, 8-1) held a four point lead, 83-79 with 1:57 left in regulation, but the teams traded points back-and-forth with the score tied four times in the final minute before a jumper from Allazia Blockton as time expired forced the extra period.
In overtime the Blue Demons led by four points, 99-95 with 2:49 left in the game, but Blockton powered through on a layup and sank a free-throw after she was fouled to pull within one point at the 2:09 mark. A Davenport layup gave the Golden Eagles the advantage, 100-99 before her final game winner. A key steal from Shantelle Valentine with 38 seconds left gave MU one final chance to extend the lead before DePaul missed a three-pointer as time expired.
Danielle King led Marquette with a career-high 27 points, while Blockton poured in 24 points and Davenport added 19. Amani Wilborn also reached double digits with 11 points. MU shot 46.5 percent (40-86) in the game, and hit 24-for-42 shots in overtime, including six shots from beyond-the-arc.
This was the first game that two BIG EAST programs each tallied 100+ points since Georgetown defeated Providence, 115-106 in January 1992. The game was also the first win for MU over DePaul since Feb. 18, 2014 in Milwaukee and snaps a five-game losing skid to the Blue Demons.
MU trailed DePaul 44-29 at the half as the Blue Demons made a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Golden Eagles shot just 29.7 percent (11-37) and had made just two from beyond-the-arc and trail 27-19 in the battle on the glass.
DePaul was led by Brooke Schulte who scored a career-high 35 points, while Jacqui Grant recorded a double-double with 27 points and 17 boards.
Marquette is back in action next week as the squad travels to Providence on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. CT to face the Friars, which will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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