February 19, 2021 –
In the previous meeting the Villanova Wildcats gave up a season-high 95 points to the Marquette Golden Eagles and were soundly defeated. The rematch in Milwaukee would see the Wildcats turn up the defense to stay in contention. However, Villanova needed more offense and fell on a fourth quarter run by Marquette 65 – 57.
The January game at the Pavilion saw the Golden Eagles shoot 52% from the field and made 10 of 17 three-pointers in their most complete game offensive game of the season.
This game saw both teams do a good job of taking the opponent out of their offense. Marquette was limited 45.2% from the field (28 of 62) and made no three-pointers.
However, the Golden Eagles had Selena Lott who scored a game-high 22 points to go along with a team-best in rebounds with 11 and handed out 6 assists. She scored 8 of the 18 points scored by the team in the fourth quarter.
Villanova was held to 34.8% shooting (23 of 66) made just 4 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc. Marquette has given up under 60 points over the last four straight games.
The Wildcats stayed in proximity trailing 47 – 45 going into the fourth quarter. At the 7:48 mark Nova guard Lior Garzon converted a traditional three point play cutting the gap to 48 – 47. Clinging to a one-point lead Marquette scored 8 of the next 10 points, 6 by Lott, over the next four minutes to create separation. The lead increased to 11 as 34 seconds remained.
Brianna Herlihy led the way for Nova scoring 19 points and handed out a team-high tying 5 assists. Herlihy was 8 of 17 from the field and made all three of her free throws. Maddy Siegrist, saddled with foul trouble, had 18 points and grabbled 11 rebounds for her 9th double-double of the season. Sam Carangi dished 5 assists.
Lauren Van Kleunen scored 15 points and Camryn Taylor broke double digits with 10. Lott made 8 of 19 shots and sank 6 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Marquette remains in third-place in the Big East with a 12 – 3 record. Villanova at 7 – 4 stays in fourth place in the conference. The Wildcats have a grip to the nations capital on Sunday for a game against the Hoyas of Georgetown.
Written By: Glenn Papazian