The Redettes proved they could withstand more than a little pressure this evening as they nabbed their seventh win in a row, no small feat against the talented Blue Devils.
The first period started off at a punishing pace that did not let up for the rest of the game. Marquette pulled out in front early with a 4-0 lead.
A couple of Blue Devils buckets, including the first of many three-pointers from both teams, gave Sault Ste Marie a short-lived advantage.
Avery Ledy put up her own three-pointer to reclaim the lead for Marquette. Sofia van den Ende then scored two and picked up the foul for a score of 10-5.
The Blue Devils improved their side of the scoreboard to slash the Marquette lead to an uncomfortable 10-9 at the buzzer.
The second period moved just as quickly as the first. The tide, however, shifted well in favor of the Blue Devils as Sault Ste Marie took control of the game and the scoreboard.
The Blue Devils took it away with a seven point scoring run, including a Melina Robertson triple, her third of the night.
Marquette was able to stay within striking distance due to some success at the free throw line. Still, the Blue Devils led the Redettes 23-17 going into the half.
Sault Ste Marie stayed in control at the top of the second half, making quick work of turning a 6-point lead to a 12-point lead for a score of 32-24.
Marquette bushwhacked to a three-point deficit with help from Sydney Kivi, who had a killer game with 19 points overall and going 11 for 12 at the line when it mattered most.
Avery Ledy, who had 13 points herself, tied it up at 34-34 with just 15 seconds to go in the period.
Marquette briefly pulled ahead at the top of the fourth quarter, only for the Blue Devils to tie it back up at 36-36.
Sault Ste Marie tried to hold on, but Marquette remained unwavering in their determination.
Ledy nailed a massive triple to bring the score to 39-36.
Kivi went six for six at the line and came up with some monster blocks to help solidify the Redettes’ 47-42 victory in the final minutes of the game.