Marquette had two seniors finish in double figures Wednesday at Michigan City, but the Wolves engineered a second-half comeback to upend the Blazers, 48-33.
Izabel Galindo registered a team-high 11 points while Ryleigh Grott rattled off 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Blazers opened like gangbusters with treys from senior Ana Blakely and freshman Shena Fleming on the team’s first two trips down the floor. Defensively, Marquette kept the Wolves’ two leading scorers at bay in the first half – limiting Trinity Thompson to four points and guard Katelyn Halfacre to one.
Galindo enjoyed a superb second-quarter as her six points helped the Blazers to a 17-15 halftime lead.
Michigan City took its first lead of the day at the 7:00 mark of the third quarter. They outscored Marquette 18-8 in a period in which Grott accounted for all eight Blazer points.
The effects of ironwoman basketball continued to rear their head for Marquette in the fourth quarter as City opened up a double-digit lead.
Sophomore Sade Anderson-Hernandez spelled Grott for a play as the latter tended to an injury. Aside from that, all five Marquette starters logged 32 minutes.
Galindo sank a three in the final frame and added a successful trip to the charity stripe to post 11 points. Fleming, who finished with eight points, also knocked down a triple in the fourth quarter.
Marquette (5-5) will open 2021 next Wednesday at home when Calumet visits the Scholl Center.