Marquette and La Lumiere went back-and-forth for the better part of 32 minutes Thursday night at the Scholl Center. Behind 24 points from senior Ally McConnell and four treys from junior guard Mary Kate Bobillo, the Blazers reigned victorious 57-53 in a pulse-spiking, signature win.
The Lakers burst out to a 10-3 lead while Marquette searched for its footing. The Blazers eventually found penetration within the La Lumiere press and established offensive rhythm. Junior Izabel Galindo beat the first-quarter buzzer with a three-pointer to move Marquette within 15-13.
McConnell accounted for 10 of the Blazers 12 second-quarter points, doing the majority of the damage from the free-throw line. She converted seven of her eight attempts from the stripe before sinking a triple from the wing just ahead of the halftime horn.
La Lumiere led 29-25 at the intermission.
Bobillo piloted a perimeter attack that propelled the Blazers ahead in the third quarter. She drained three treys. McConnell hit one. Ana Blakely found the bottom of the net on another. Five threes and three foul shots later, Marquette had a 43-42 stranglehold heading into the fourth quarter.
It stayed a one-possession game for the bulk of the last eight minutes. Blakely, Galindo, and McConnell each recorded buckets in the final frame, but the game was ultimately decided at the charity stripe.
Ryleigh Grott was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and McConnell was successful on four of eight tries. McConnell finished with a 14-for-20 line from the stripe as part of her team-high 24 points. The senior boosted her season scoring average to 18.3 points per game.
Marquette (8-9) will seek to move to .500 on Saturday versus South Bend St. Joseph. Tip-time for the varsity tilt is slated for 12 pm CT.