Jan. 11, 2012
Milwaukee, Wisc.- Marquette sophomore guard Katie Young hit a 40 foot shot at the buzzer to defeat the Villanova Wildcats by a score 51-50 in women's basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 10. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in Big East play, while Villanova falls to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Villanova took the lead 50-48 with 1:15 left, when junior guard Rachel Roberts scored on a driving lay-up. The Wildcats got a defensive stop and had the ball with 28 seconds remaining. Villanova turned the ball over and Marquette called its final timeout. The Golden Eagles got a good look at the basket, but Arlesia Morse missed a jumper in the lane and Roberts grabbed the rebound with 3.6 seconds left.
Roberts missed the front end of the one-and-one and Young's prayer was answered as the ball hit nothing but net as time expired.
The Wildcats came out of halftime and went on a 10-2 run to grab a 33-32 lead at the 13:40 mark. Villanova would stretch its lead to 39-34 with 9:30 to play.
After Villanova built its biggest lead of the game at 39-34, the Golden Eagles used a 10-0 run to regain a five point advantage at 44-39 with 5:52 on the clock. The Wildcats would answer back and use a 7-2 run to tie the contest at 46-46 at the 3:20 mark. Two Roberts' lay-ups and a three-ball by junior Megan Pearson highlighted the spurt.
Wildcat sophomore guard Devon Kane made a jumper with 2:25 left to give the Wildcats a 48-46 lead. Marquette sophomore Katherine Plouffe connected on two free throws at the 1:39 mark setting the stage for the frantic last 1:39.
Marquette controlled the first half as the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the 11:51 mark and would go to intermission with a 30-23 advantage. Villanova never led in the first stanza and the Golden Eagles would lead by as many as nine.
In the first half, Marquette was led by Plouffe with eight points. The Golden Eagles were efficient from the field in the first 20 minutes shooting 12-of-24 overall and 2-of-3 from three-point range. Marquette controlled the backboards by a 20-11 margin.
Villanova was led in the first 20 minutes by junior forward Laura Sweeney who had 10 points to go with four rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist. Sweeney and Roberts accounted for six of Villanova's eight first half baskets. Roberts had eight first stanza points. The Wildcats shot just 29.6 percent from the field (8of-27) and 33.3 percent from three-point range (4-of-12).
Roberts finished with a game-high 17 points, while Sweeney tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, six assists and four blocks The assists and steals were career-highs, while the blocks tied a career-best. Roberts also recorded a career-high tying five steals.
Marquette was paced by Plouffe with 16 points.
For the game, Villanova shot 20-of-54 from the field (37.0%), 6-of-23 from three-point range (26.1%) and 4-of-6 from the foul line (66.7%), while the Golden Eagles shot 41.9 percent from the field (18-of-43), 50.0 percent from long distance (3-of-6) and 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. Marquette owned a 36-23 advantage on the backboards.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they host No. 3 Connecticut. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Laura Sweeney has now scored double figures in 13 of the team's 16 games this season...Rachel Roberts has scored 35 points the last two games...Villanova is now 1-3 all-time at Marquette...With her seven steal performance, Sweeney now has a team-best 28 on the season... Villanova recorded a season-high 15 steals.