Women's hoops falls at home to Marquette
Fresh off a huge road win at Rutgers, USF women's basketball lost a game it needed to win Tuesday night, falling 71-56 to Marquette in the Sun Dome.
The Bulls (16-7, 3-6 in Big East) hurt themselves at the free-throw line, hitting just 18 of 34 attempts, and could do little to stop Marquette's Angel Robinson, who scored a game-high 30 points. The Golden Eagles (13-9, 4-4) completed a season sweep of the Bulls, having won by eight in Milwaukee last month.
USF got 13 points from Shantia Grace and 11 from Jessica Lawson, but those two also combined for nine turnovers. Senior guard Jazmine Sepulveda had a rough night, going 1-for-7 from the field and 1-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The Bulls cut a 12-point second-half lead to just three points with 10 minutes to play, but Robinson helped Marquette pull away and put the game out of reach.
If USF is to do any better than a third straight trip to the Women's NIT, the Bulls will likely need to win five of their remaining seven games and fare well in the Big East tournament.