Marquette saw a four-point first-quarter lead shrivel to three by halftime before flipping to a four-point deficit. Despite a 25-point performance from senior Ally McConnell – her fourth consecutive tilt of 20 points or more – the Blazers couldn’t resurrect a fourth-quarter comeback in a 55-48 setback to LaCrosse at the Scholl Center on Tuesday evening.
Junior Izabel Galindo knocked down two treys in the first quarter to help Marquette to an early lead. McConnell took over in the latter stages of the opening period, scoring nine and giving her team a 17-13 edge after eight minutes.
McConnell added six in the second quarter while junior Ryleigh Grott converted three of four foul shots to insure a 26-23 heading into the break.
The Blazer lead dried up one minute and 50 seconds into the third quarter after surrendering a pair of layups on the defensive end. McConnell accounted for eight of Marquette’s 10 points in the third. Meanwhile, LaCrosse outscored the Blazers 17-10 in that crucial stanza.
Four Blazers scored in the fourth quarter, but they were unable to cut the margin any closer than three points. Mary Kate Bobillo hit Marquette’s sixth and final triple of the night in the final frame. McConnell drained three of her own, went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line, and knocked down six shots inside the arc to finish with 25 points. Grott, who was 6-of-9 from the stripe, joined McConnell in double figures with 10.
Marquette (8-11) wraps up the road portion of the regular season Thursday evening at Culver Military Academies. The Blazers and Eagles will get underway at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT following the JV contest.