Seton Hall women’s basketball returned to South Orange after a four game road stint, beating no. 24 Marquette in a Big East matchup on Sunday.
Trailing 5-0 after the first minute of the game, Sidney Cooks scored the Pirates’ first nine points to come within one with 6:52 remaining in the first quarter. Seton Hall took their first lead at the 3:12 mark after Kae Satterfield knocked down a pair of free throws, though Marquette quickly retaliated. Both teams started hot offensively, and the Golden Eagles would take a one point lead into the second quarter.
Cooks was able to get a short jumper to fall with 6:55 left before the half, which began a 14-0 surge for The Hall spanning the next three minutes that was highlighted by five points from Lauren Park-Lane. The run allowed the Pirates to take a 40-33 lead into the half.
An offensive showcase ensued in the first half, with Cooks totaling 15 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter alone. Park-Lane followed with 11 points and five assists. Marquette was led by 14 points from Chloe Marotta.
Marquette slowly worked their way back into the game in the second half, tying the game at 47 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. A 9-0 run for Seton Hall regained a comfortable lead, and the Pirates took a 56-49 advantage into the final 10 minutes.
The fourth quarter was hard fought, though the Golden Eagles were unable to trim the lead below two; they walked away with their first loss in conference play to the Pirates. The final minute of the game was sealed for Seton Hall with a plethora of free throws, ultimately giving The Hall a statement victory over no. 24 in the nation.
The duo of Cooks and Park-Lane combined for 54 points. Park-Lane led the way with a game-high 31 points along with seven assists in the win. Cooks followed with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting and five rebounds.
Bembry, though scoreless, pulled down eight rebounds, while Azana Baines added four points and seven rebounds to the mix. Satterfield scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Golden Eagles’ Marotta scored 30 points of her own with 12 rebounds. Three other Marquette players notched double figures; King went for 14 points, Karlen followed with 12 points and Clark rounded it out with 10 points.
Seton Hall improves to 2-0 in Big East play and 6-3 overall on the season after its fourth straight win. They’ll return to the hardwood on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. as they take on Rider at Walsh Gymnasium.
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