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Marquette Redettes Take Down the Escanaba Eskymos 47-35 on Fox Sports Marquette!

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Marquette, MI January 11, 2022 The Marquette Redettes played host to the Escanaba Eskymos on Tuesday. The Great Northern Conference match-up was live on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 – 99.9 and streamed online! Travis Nelson had the call kicking things off with the Elder Agency Pregame Show!

Q1: Tuesday’s game started off a little late as the JV contest went into overtime. Escanaba won the tip and went back and forth with Marquette to open things up. The game would remain scoreless through the first three minutes of play, before Maria Milado was fouled and went to the line. Both free throws found their mark and Marquette had the early lead, 2-0.

Eskymo Mari Bink also went to the line to try and answer back. She went one for two and Escanaba still trailed. Marquette tried to work the ball underneath to Meagan MacPhee but Escanaba was able to shut down her early shot attempts. Bink would give her team the lead with a three point shot for the first field goal of the game. MacPhee wouldn’t be silent for long as Marquette fed her the ball underneath and she was able to make the shot off the glass.

Free Throws

Free Throws

Maria Milado would go to the line once again and land both shots to build on the Redette lead. Escanaba would do a good job of coming down with the defensive rebounds. The Eskymos had good ball movement but couldn’t get their shots to fall. However each team would have issues fouling, and Escanaba went to the line to bring the game within one. Milado would try and pull away with an easy layup to make it a three point game, 8-5.

This quarter would go back and forth in every way. Mari Bink would land a jumper to bring it back within one. Redette Sienna Lingle would snatch the ball away from Bink and go all the way for the breakaway layup. The quarter would come to an end with Marquette holding the lead, 10-7.

Q2: The second quarter of play started with more back and forth play leading to a lot of tough fouls for both teams. Escanaba found themselves into the bonus early on. Courtney Maki went to the line for the one-and-one, but couldn’t find it’s mark. The Redettes bounced back on offense as MacPhee landed a long range two, but the Eskymos would continue to draw the fouls. Bailey Barron went to the line and went one for two. Marquette’s Zoe Smith faked out the defense as she went up for the three pointer, but opted to dish to MacPhee down low for the easy layup.

Julia Ott ran away with a steal for the layup to bring Marquette’s lead to, 16-10. Escanaba would continue to find themselves in foul trouble as Milado was hacked on the way up and landed two more free throws for the Redettes. The Eskymos had a hard time coming down with offensive boards. Leading to Marquette attacking the rim and drawing fouls.

The Marquette offense finally found some rhythm. After some great ball movement Zoe Smith splashed a three, but was answered immediately by Mari Bink with a three of her own. The Redettes kept their foot on the gas as Smith had the hot hand, and landed another three pointer for Marquette. Escanaba would try to fight back from their double digit deficit. Zoe Smith wouldn’t have any of it as she landed yet another three pointer for the Redettes.

Marquette’s defense played outstanding by causing turnovers and tough shots for the Eskymos. The Redettes landed in the bonus as Ari Holder went to the line to build on their lead. She went one for two to bring the Redette lead to 12. Escanaba had a very hard time at the line, and was a big part of their deficit. Marquette was strong underneath coming down with offensive boards. MacPhee would dish the ball out to Zoe Smith who would then drive inside for the layup and the 29-17 lead.

The half would close with Escanaba clawing for points, but the Marquette defense played too strong. After a turnover by the Redettes, Eliina Brazeau would nail a three to close the half.

Halftime: Marquette 32, Escanaba 17

Marquette Redettes vs Escanaba Eskymos

Marquette Redettes vs Escanaba Eskymos

Q3: The Eskymos started off the second half with Keira Maki getting three points the long way and put MacPhee into foul trouble. Maki had the hot hand as she put up another shot for two. Escanaba stayed aggressive with Bailey Barron getting a layup of her own, and bringing the Eskymos within eight.

Escanaba would continue to draw the fouls and put some key Marquette players in trouble. With some reserves in the game, the Eskymos looked to put the pressure on. The Redettes would continue to play their game by attacking the rim and creating opportunities. Maria Milado was fouled driving the lane, and was able to make both of her free throws. Marquette’s defense sensed the urge to step up and continued to blanket the Escanaba offense.

The Redettes were able to fight off the Eskymos and keep their double digit lead, 35-24. The depth of Marquette’s bench was really tested as four of the five starters were benched in foul trouble. The remaining starter, Zoe Smith, stepped up and drained another shot beyond the arc. Escanaba answered back with a pair of free throws from Katelyn Stalboerger. Marquette turned the ball over and Keira Maki converted it into a layup and two points.

The quarter finally came to and end with Brook Logan coming off the bench and scoring a buzzer beater. Marquette able to maintain their lead headed into the final quarter of play in the conference match.

Q4: Marquette brought the starters off the bench to start the final eight minutes. Escanaba was able to start it off by causing a turnover, but Marquette transitioned back to defense well and MacPhee was able to block the Mari Bink shot attempt. Neither team was able to get things going and went back and forth the first couple minutes.

Sienna Lingle was able to put two points on the board for Marquette. The Redettes continued to hold off the Eskymos until Caydence Carter went up strong under the hoop and was fouled. Carter wasn’t able to hit the free thows, and the Eskymo’s were able to come down with the offensive rebound. Escanaba’s Carter was fouled once again and was able to convert both of the free throws.

Both defenses played hard and made scoring very hard for each other. A very fast series of possessions ended with Marquette maintaining their 11 point lead. Marquette’s bench played very well against the tough defense. Julia Ott was able to try for three the hard way, but failed to make the free throw.

Marquette finally found themselves in the bonus, with Zoe Smith going two for two. The Redettes lead built up to 13. The teams continued to go back and forth in the final minutes with not much scoring. The Eskymo’s inability to make free throws was the biggest fault in their game. Marquette was able to fend off the Eskymo’s to come away with the win.

FINAL: Marquette 47, Escanaba 35

Player of the Game: Zoe Smith, Marquette. 16pts.

The Marquette Redettes are back in action on Friday night as they host the Calumet Copper Kings! That game will be broadcast live on 97.5 GTO with a 6:30 tip-off!

LISTEN TO THE FULL BROADCAST HERE!

 

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