Defense and lengthy possessions were the name of the game Thursday night between Marquette and Culver Academies. The Blazers won the field-goal battle 11-10 en route to a 29-24 triumph that secured their fifth winning season in the last six years.
Marquette achieved the scoring grand slam in the first quarter as freshman Shena Fleming, sophomore Ruth Bean, junior Ana Blakely, and senior Ryleigh Grott recorded two points each in an 8-6 frame.
Grott accounted for all three of Marquette’s points in the second quarter, but the Blazer defense held the Eagles to just five to create an 11-11 deadlock at halftime.
Blakely and Fleming each had a bucket in the third quarter as Marquette outscored Culver Academies, 5-2.
Both offenses erupted in the final frame, combining for 24 points. Bean drilled a trey to put the Blazers ahead by five. It was a 23-20 contest at the 2:45 mark of the fourth quarter before Blakely knocked down a triple of her own to create what felt like a comfortable margin.
Indeed, it proved to be all the offense Marquette needed.
Grott finished with a game-high nine points and 13 rebounds. Five of Blakely’s seven points came in the second half. Fleming added six points and five steals. Bean and senior Izabel Galindo tallied five and two points, respectively.
Thursday represented the first time Marquette scored fewer than 30 points in a victory since January 9th, 2004 when it upended Morgan Township by the same 29-24 margin.
The 9-6 Blazers will close out the regular season Saturday morning when Bowman Academy comes to town. The game is slated for 10 am with the Senior Day ceremony set to take place just before tip-off.