Marquette Late Rally Falls Short, 72-69, to Indiana
March 22, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- A furious second-half rally fell just short as the Marquette women's basketball team fell 72-69 at Indiana in the WNIT second round on Saturday evening at Assembly Hall.
The Golden Eagles were down by as many as 22 points in the first half and were able to outscore Indiana, 43-31 in the second frame, but a long 3-pointer from sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy to tie the game in the final seconds did not connect and the Hoosiers came out with the victory.
MU was led by 19 points from senior Katie Young, which she scored in the second half. Junior Chelsie Butler recorded a career-best 16 points shooting 7-9 from the floor, while classmate Arlesia Morse notched 15 points. Pumroy concluded the game with 13 points.
After trailing 62-58 at the 6:57 mark, MU went on a 7-0 run in just over a minute and cut the Hoosiers' lead to just seven points, 62-55, and forced IU to call timeout with 5:46 left in the game. The Golden Eagles continued to chip away at Indiana's lead and got as close as one point, 70-69 with 10 seconds left after a layup from Young, but the Hoosiers converted two free throws with four seconds left, which sealed the win.
Marquette shot 42.1 percent (24-57) in the game and went 17-32 in the second half, while outrebounding the Hoosiers, 33-30.
IU was led by Larryn Brooks with a game-high 33 points on 12-19 shooting.
Indiana opened the game with a 12-0 run to the first media timeout and the 15:47 mark in the first half. Junior Apiew Ojulu got the Golden Eagles on the board with her own put-back with 15:00 remaining in the half.
MU used a 9-2 run over four minutes, which cut the lead to 15 points, 36-21 as Marquette trailed 41-26 heading into the break.
The Golden Eagles finish the season at 22-11 overall in their second straight postseason appearance and are 14-9 all-time in the WNIT.