Cold Shooting Dooms No. 19 Marquette; Golden Eagles Upset at Seton Hall, 63-58
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Cold shooting doomed the no. 19/19 Marquette women's basketball team Tuesday night as it fell to Seton Hall, 63-58, at Walsh Arena. The loss was the Golden Eagles' first in their last four outings, and drops them to 22-5 (10-4 BIG EAST), while Seton Hall improves to 17-9 (8-6 BIG EAST).
Marquette shot a season low 28.4 percent for the game connecting on just 19-of-67 attempts, whereas Seton Hall hit 45.5 percent of its attempts from the floor (20-of-44). Sophomore Krystal Ellis led all scorers with 25 points, while senior Christina Quaye added 15 points and matched a career high four steals. Ela Mukosiej led the effort for the Pirates with 16 points, and Monique Blake tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles held a 32-24 advantage at the end of the first half, but the Pirates rallied in the opening minutes of the second half and took a 35-34 lead after a 8-0 run in the half's first five minutes. MU was limited to just one field goal in nearly 10 minutes and leaving the Golden Eagles to score its points off free throws. Senior Jasmine McCullough would tie the game, 43-43, with under seven minutes remaining in game.
Mukosiej hit a layup and drew a foul but was unable to convert the three-point play, and Rhodin nailed a trey with just over six minutes left in the game giving the Pirates a five-point advantage, 50-45. Their lead was extended to nine points, 54-45, when Brittney Messina hit both of her free throws, with 4:30 remaining in the game.
After that, Ellis took the game into her own hands, scoring 10 straight points to cut the deficit to one point, 57-56, with 1:19 remaining in the game. It was the closest MU would get as Mukosiej sunk four consecutive free throws to go ahead by three, 61-58. A missed three-point attempt by Marquette to tie the game and a pair of free throws by Jadis Rhodin sealed the 63-58 victory for the Pirates.
Marquette will return to action for its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, February 24, when it hosts USF at 7 p.m., at the Al McGuire Center.