Paradise Island, Bahamas – The Marquette women’s basketball team (4-0) notched its highest win in program history Saturday afternoon after defeating third-ranked Texas 68-61 in the first round of Battle 4 Atlantis.
“It’s a great night for us to start our first night here with a win over Texas,” said Marquette head coach Megan Duffy. “It’s one of the best wins in program history for Marquette.” “I’m so proud of Rose (Nkomo) and Jordan (King), but also our whole team for giving every ounce of energy. Our strength was amazing tonight, I think we played smart and tough basketball.”
In what was a near start-to-finish lead for MU, the Golden Eagles got off to a strong start and turned the effective offense into a 20-14 lead after the quarter, with seven different MU players in the scoring column in the first ten minutes. The offense slipped in the second quarter, shooting 8-for-35 in the period, but Marquette was able to stay ahead as he took a 31-28 lead in the locker room.
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MU ran out of the gates shooting in the third quarter, led 6-0 personally by young guard Rose Nkomo on three Marquette steals, but the Longhorns closed out the quarter on a 12-0 run to make it a one-point lead for MU into the final frame.
Senior guard Jordan King caught fire in the fourth, scoring 15 of Marquette’s 26 points, as she went on to finish with a career high 25 points. Two of her biggest shots of the game came from charity tape, when she rallied with 21.3 seconds left and took a three-point lead, then hit both free throws to give MU a cushion.
In total, Marquette led the competition for 38:42 of 40 minutes. It was only 36 seconds behind, early in the first quarter. The Longhorns are held to 31.4 percent (22-of-70) in the contest.
The Texas drive was led by Sonja Morris, who finished with 13 points.
- Rose Nkomo finished the bout with a career high.
- Jordan King went for a game-high and career-high 25 points. It was the second time this season and the fifth time in her career that she finished with more than 20 points.
- Lisa Carlin finished with eight points and 11 boards. It was her second double-digit rebounding game of the season, and the twelfth of her career.
- Marquette’s last win over a top 5 team came back on 1/13/09, when it defeated #4 Notre Dame.
- Marquette saved the highest-scoring fourth quarter, scoring 26 points in the frame.
- Marquette finished the game shooting 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the floor, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from 3-point range and 64.7 percent (22-of-34) from the free throw line.
- With the win, Marquette is now 2-1 all-time against Texas and 11-15 all-time against the current Big 12 teams.