Marquette Rallies, Beats Auburn 70-69 in OT
Dec. 13, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team, taking on an aggressive Auburn defense, rallied back to win in overtime 70-69 Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (4-5) were led by McKayla Yentz, who scored a team-high 16 points and set a new career-high in 3-point field goals with five. Allazia Blockton contributed 10 points and a new career-high 12 rebounds.
Auburn (6-2) was led by Junior Brandy Montgomery, who notched a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Marquette was met with an aggressive half-court trap from Auburn, which forced the Golden Eagles to commit eight turnovers in the first quarter, leading to eight Auburn points. A late MU foul gave Auburn three free-throws, to help the Tigers tie the game after the first stanza.
Offense was just as scarce in the second quarter, as both teams struggled from the field, shooting a combined 9-of-36 (25.0%). Yentz led the way for the Golden Eagles in the quarter, tallying 3 three-point field goals. Her final three-pointer of the half came with 11 seconds remaining, and cut MU's deficit to one, heading into the break.
After taking the lead early in the third, MU was held without a field goal for the final 4:56 of the quarter, which allowed Auburn to take a four-point lead heading into the fourth.
The Golden Eagles trailed by as many as nine points early in the fourth quarter. But, a late MU rally capped off by a 3-pointer from Natisha Hiedeman with eight seconds left, sent the game into overtime.
Marquette maintained the momentum heading into the overtime session, which started with a Danielle King 3-pointer, and gave MU a lead that they would never relinquish.
The overtime win was MU's first since a double-overtime victory against Butler last season (2/8/15).
The Golden Eagles kick off a five-game road trip starting next Saturday, Dec. 19th with a matchup against Arizona State.
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