South Orange, NJ - Number 24 Marquette visited Seton Hall for a Big East matchup on Sunday. Both teams entered 1-0 in conference play. Seton Hall defeated Xavier on Friday while Marquette was victorious over Georgetown on the same night.
The first four minutes saw Marquette jump out to a 13-9 lead. The visiting Golden Eagles were hitting from the perimeter while host Seton Hall relied on Sidney Cooks for all of their points. The 6’4" Cooks connected in the paint while adding a three pointer. Marquette ran some nice sets freeing Jordan King on backdoor cuts. They have size and will get out on the break on a defensive rebound. For all of the challenges facing Tony Bozzella’s pirates, they were only trailing by one 21-20 after the first period.
Cooks and Lauren Park-Lane are providing the bulk of Seton Hall’s scoring. Cooks posting low and Park-Lanne slicing into the paint with some outstanding dribble penetration. Pirates could use some complimentary scoring. In the second period, the defense picked up for the host team. They defended Marquette’s backdoor cuts better and limited offensive boards. At the half Seton Hall, by holding Marquette to 10 second period points, held a 40-31 lead.
First four minutes of the final half saw the Pirates maintain the lead at 45-39. Megan Duffy’s group made more of a concerted effort to get the ball inside. Chloe Marotta, at 6’1", was a primary option. Defensively, Marquette was doubling the top of the key to cut off dribble penetration, especially by Park-Lane. As the game progressed, Seton Hall was benefitting from a few more players getting in the scoring column. Sha’Lynn Hagans and Kae Satterfield were contributing. The latter part of the period, Marquette started to get impatient on offense. The Golden Eagles got back to the perimeter game. The shots, however, were not falling. With ten minutes remaining Seton Hall held a 56-49 edge.
Marquette came out strong the final period. They scored seven of the first nine points in the final stanza. The Golden Eagles were within two on several occasions. They could not draw even- a factor allowing the Hall to maintain momentum. Credit Park-Lane for making senior plays. She hit a few floaters in the lane and in the waning minutes found Cooks on a beautiful pass inside. The last minute Park-Lane had the ball in her hands, protecting a three possession lead, and sealing the verdict on the charity stripe. Seton Hall closed out the 82-78 victory.
Offensive Efficiency: SHU 105, Marquette 101
Seton Hall- Lauren Park-Lane 31, Sidney Cooks 23
Marquette: Chloe Marotta 30, Jordan King 14
Records: Seton Hall 6-3 (2-0)
Marquette 7-2 (1-1)
"It was a hard fought Big East game. We played a physical Marquette team. We had to be at our best and we were today. We battled them in the rebounding department (40-37 Seton Hall advantage)…it was just a great win." Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella
"It was a great Big East battle. (Lauren) Park-Lane was awesome. She was a major difference in the game." - Marquette coach Megan Duffy