Marquette pulls upset
The Mountaineers (16-1,
3-1 Big East) watched Marquette snap the nation’s longest winning streak despite getting 15 points from Liz Repella. No. 3 Duke (15-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (12-0) are the last remaining undefeated women’s teams in Division I.
Mitchell was hit in the head by a loose ball early in the second half with Marquette
(14-3, 2-2) trailing by two. She eventually left the court. When she returned 11 minutes later, Marquette led by double digits.
Sarina Simmons scored 14 points and Tatiyiana McMorris had 12 as the Golden Eagles pulled away as assistant Cara Consuegra took over.
Mitchell was hit in the head with 16:37 left and fell backward into her bench, where her assistants caught her. After a delay of several minutes, play resumed with Mitchell appearing unable to focus on the bench.
She stayed there until the next media timeout, when she left the court slowly under her own power, and didn’t return until 3:10 left. When back, she burst out in a big smile and looked much more alert as Consuegra continued coaching.
Courtney Weibel gave Mitchell a huge hug on the bench as time expired and Consuegra took the mic immediately after the game to say Mitchell would be fine.
Madina Ali, who finished with 14 points, gave West Virginia its final lead at 41-39 with 14:20 left, but Marquette took over from there using the 11-0 run for its first lead in over 23 minutes at 50-41.
Simmons had six points and Robinson had five points in the spurt, and West Virginia never mounted a run down the stretch.
The Mountaineers had come in with the nation’s stingiest defense, allowing just 46.2 points per game, but Marquette easily became the first team to score over 60 points against them this season.
It was Marquette’s second straight win over a top 25 opponent after beating then-No. 15 Georgetown in double overtime on Saturday despite shooting 19 of 52 (36 percent) from the field against the Mountaineers.
It was also the second straight top 10 opponent that a Marquette team has beat in as many days after the men defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 79-57 on Monday night.
That game featured a phenomenal offensive effort. This one was all about defense.
Marquette held West Virginia to 6 of 28 shooting in the second half, including 0 for 9 from 3-point range, after the Mountaineers had hit 14 of 27 first-half shots and 3 of 5 3-pointers.
Repella was the most notable absence for West Virginia, scoring 13 of her 15 points in the first half.
Last updated: 4:06 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012