Arlesia Morse scored nine of her game-high 23 points in overtime, leading Marquette (Wis.) to a 77-74 victory over South Dakota State in women's basketball action Wednesday night at Frost Arena.
The Golden Eagles improved to 3-2, while SDSU dropped to 3-4 overall.
The Jackrabbits got out of the gates quickly, connecting on four of their first six shots from the field and a pair of free throws to take an early 10-2 lead.
However, Marquette countered with a 12-3 run to take a 14-13 lead on a jumper by Katie Young midway through the front half. SDSU regained the lead at 21-20 on a basket by Gabby Boever, but the Golden Eagles scored the next 12 points as Arlesia Morse closed the run with three-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor.
Marquette led 32-24 at the half.
Reserve guard Tara Heiser sparked a Jackrabbit comeback early in the second half. The Watertown native made her first four shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and added a pair of free throws, the last of which brought SDSU to within 42-40 with 12:53 to play in regulation. A basket by Megan Waytashek knotted the game at 42-all and Leah Dietel gave SDSU the lead with a free throw.
SDSU held a five-point lead, 61-56, as late as five minutes to play on an Ashley Eide three-pointer, but the Golden Eagles battled back. Consecutive three-pointers by Brooklyn Pumroy gave Marquette a momentary 62-61 lead with 3:55 to play.
Megan Waytashek gave the Jackrabbits a 65-63 lead with a pair of free throws before Pumroy hit her third three-pointer in a little over three minutes to again give the Golden Eagles the lead. Leah Dietel knotted the game at 66-all by making 1-of-2 free throws. After a turnover, SDSU had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but Boever missed a three-pointer and Morse's runner on the other end drew iron as time expired to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Morse scored eight straight points, including three-pointers on back-to-back trips down the floor to give Marquette a 76-70 lead. The Jackrabbits closed to within 76-74 on free throws by Dietel and Boever, but Morse put the finishing touches on her night by making 1-of-2 attempts at the charity stripe.
A Jackrabbit three-point attempt just before the buzzer came up empty.
Pumroy ended the night with 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while Katherine Plouffe contributed eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Marquette. The Golden Eagles ended the night with a 38-33 rebounding advantage.
Eide led the Jackrabbits with 21 points, connecting on 4-of-7 from long range. Waytashek ended the night with 17 points, while Hesier's dozen were a season high. Dietel finished with seven points and team-high six rebounds.
Shooting stats were nearly identical; Marquette was 25-of-56 from the field, 44.6 percent, while the Jackrabbits were 23-of-57, 40.4 percent. The Golden Eagles were 9-of-20 from three-point range compared to 7-of-21 by SDSU. At the line, the Jackrabbits converted 21-of-28 attempts, 75 percent, while Marquette went 18-of-27 for 66.7 percent.
SDSU continues its homestand Saturday afternoon, hosting Middle Tennessee State in the front end of a doubleheader at 4 p.m. The 2003 NCAA Division II national championship team will be honored at halftime.
NOTES: Marquette leads the all-time series, 4-0 ... the Jackrabbits dropped to 0-7 all-time against BIG EAST opponents, including 0-2 this season ... Eide reached the 20-point mark for the second time this season ... Dietel led the team in rebounding for the fourth time this season ... Katie Lingle made her first start of the season, replacing Mariah Clarin in the Jackrabbit starting five ... Marquette committed 25 turnovers compared to 19 by the Jackrabbits ... SDSU fell to 7-4 in overtime games during the Division I era, which began during the 2004-05 season ... attendance was 2,427