MU Bested by Villanova's Second-Half Run

Senior Apiew Ojulu shot 58.3 percent (7-12) from the field and scored a team-high 15 points Friday night.
Jan. 30, 2015

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team (4-17, 0-10) was unable to withstand a late Villanova (13-9, 7-3) run that proved to be the deciding factor in the Golden Eagles' 75-59 loss Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Senior Apiew Ojulu was Marquette's leading scorer for the fourth time this season with 15 points and was the team's leading rebounder for the seventh time with eight boards. Freshman Kenisha Bell chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds, while fellow first-year player Tia Elbert added eight points and seven assists.

Villanova's Caroline Coyer led all scorers with 26 points on 9-15 (60 percent) shooting. The junior was also 3-4 (75 percent) from deep and committed no fouls in a team-high 37 minutes of play.

Villanova junior Kavunaa Edwards helped the Wildcats out to an early 11-6 lead, scoring her first seven points in the game's first four and a half minutes. She finished the game with nine points and eight rebounds. Ojulu responded by scoring Marquette's next three buckets to keep pace with the Wildcats and keep the game within five points.

A 6-0 Marquette run forced Villanova head coach Harry Perretta to call his first timeout of the game at the 8:32 mark in the first half. The Golden Eagles came out of the break and poured in another three points to make it a 21-24 game, but were unable to gain an advantage.

Coyer drilled a three pointer from the corner with only two seconds remaining in the first stanza to extend Villanova's lead to 40-32 going into halftime. As a team, the Wildcats shot 15-28 (53.6 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes and 5-10 (50 percent) from three-point range.

Bell sunk a pair of midrange jumpers to open the second half, which spurred a 9-2 Marquette run that cut the deficit to one at the 17:14 mark. During that span, the Golden Eagles made four of their five attempts from the field, while Villanova was 1-4.

Both teams went back-and-forth over the next three minutes, as Marquette trailed 49-48 with just over 14 minutes left in the game. However, the Golden Eagles were unable to find the bottom of the net for the following seven minutes, as Villanova scored 15 unanswered to run away with the game.

Marquette will conclude its four-game home stand when it hosts Georgetown Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Central time. That game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network via the Fox Sports GO app.




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