Marquette navigated through the most grueling gauntlet its schedule presented this weekend, emerging with four victories and two trophies. The exclamation point came Saturday evening via a 44-36 victory versus Plainfield in the title tilt of the Plainfield Winter Classic.
The Lady Blazers showed no signs of fatigue out of the gate. Their defense left Plainfield perplexed while unselfish ball movement helped the offense glide. Emma and Sophia Nolan combined for 13 of Marquette’s 15 first-quarter points. The Lady Blazers tallied assists – two from Emmery Joseph and Morgan Crook each – on all six of its field goals in the opening period.
Joseph and Crook swished three-pointers on back-to-back possessions during the final 1:20 of the first half to nudge Marquette ahead 28-16 at the half. Sophia was in double figures with 11 by the break.
The Lady Blazers and Lady Quakers played to a 7-7 draw in the third quarter as the possessions lengthened. Emma knocked down two field goals in the frame to amend her scoring total to 13.
Plainfield made it as close as a seven-point game with 1:30 remaining in regulation, but Marquette shot 6-for-8 from the foul line down the stretch to sustain the win.
Sophia led all Lady Blazers with 16 points, one ahead of Emma.
The victory ran Marquette’s winning streak to a program-record 14 games and put a bow on a 27-1 calendar year. It also closed out a stretch of four outings covering two sites in a span of 32 hours.
The Lady Blazers (14-1) will kick off 2019 on Thursday evening at Bishop Noll (13-0). Tip-off is slated for 6 pm.