Rutgers' Late Surge Defeats Marquette, 75-64
Jan. 23, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore Jessica Pachko registered a double-double and junior Angel Robinson added 19 points but the Marquette women's basketball team fell at Rutgers, 75-64, Saturday afternoon. Robinson and Pachko led all scorers with 19 points each. The loss puts the Golden Eagles at 12-7 overall, 3-3 in BIG EAST play, while Rutgers improves to 12-7 overall, 4-1 in league play.
In a highly contested game from the opening whistle, which featured 20 lead changes and 16 ties, the Golden Eagles made 21-of-58 attempts (36.2 percent) from the floor, and 19-of-22 from the free throw line.
Rutgers went into halftime with a slim 32-30 advantage. The first half featured 13 ties and 14 lead changes with neither team leading by more than three points. Angel Robinson scored 10 of her 19 points in the first half, including 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Scarlet Knights opened the second half with a 12-3 run to go ahead by 10 points (43-33) within the first six minutes of the frame. Marquette responded with a 14-2 run of its own to take a two-point lead, 47-45, with 11:17 to play. Pachko scored nine of her 19 points during that run.
Brittany Ray hit a three-pointer to put Rutgers up 61-55, but Courtney Weibel sunk a three of her own to bring MU within three, 61-58. Another basket in the paint by Pachko brought MU within one, 61-60, with 3:28 to play. Marquette went ahead 62-61 after Lauren Thomas-Johnson grabbed a key steal of Rutgers' inbound and Robinson scored the layup with 3:23 remaining in the game.
Rushdan and Juanid scored on the Scarlet Knights' next three possessions to put them up, 67-62. Rutgers made eight free throw attempts to ice the win in the final 1:05.
Rushdan finished the game with a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ray and April Sykes followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Overall, the Scarlet Knights knocked down 46.3 percent (25-of-54) of their shots from the field and 22-of-28 free throw attempts.
Marquette will return home to play No. 19/18 Georgetown at the Al McGuire Center Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Sports32.