Marquette Suffers First Loss to Santa Clara, 65-62

Nov. 25, 2016

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STOCKTON, Calif. – A furious comeback late in the fourth quarter came up short as Marquette women’s basketball fell for the first time this season in a 65-62 loss to Santa Clara in the Thanksgiving Turkey Tip-Off opener hosted by Pacific on Friday night.

The Golden Eagles (4-1) had their toughest shooting performance of the season, going just 33.9 percent from the field, including 2-7 from long distance. MU turned 21 Santa Clara turnovers into 20 points and used a 20-25 effort from the free throw line to keep the game close in the final moments.

Allazia Blockton led all scorers with 24 points on 7-19 shooting and 10-12 from the free throw line, while Erika Davenport added her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Marquette trailed by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter, and entered the fourth period still down by nine points, but outscored Santa Clara 28-22 in the fourth period to make a game of it late.

McKayla Yentz knocked down a 3-pointer with a second remaining to cut the deficit to just one point, but it was too late as the Golden Eagles were forced to foul to extend the game, leaving just 2-tenths of a second remaining.

Santa Clara (2-2) never trailed in the contest. Emily Wolph led four Broncos in double-figures with 17 points on 5-15 shooting, including 5-9 from downtown. SC shot 38.3 percent (23-60) and went 8-20 from long distance.

MU will be back in action on Saturday, taking on host Pacific at 5:30 p.m. Central time in the Thanksgiving Turkey Tip-Off finale.




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