OTTAWA — When the Marquette Lady Crusaders lose a basketball game, they don't mess around.
The Lady Crusaders didn't just have a bad night in their non-conference matchup with Hall in Bader Gym on Thursday night, they had an absolutely terrible night in just about every aspect of the game and ended up dropping their first game of the season, a 34-16 decision to the Lady Devils.
Against Hall's aggressive zone defense, Marquette (4-1) missed eight of its first nine shots right off the opening tip and never got better, sinking four of their next 30 shots over the rest of that period and through the next three quarters combined to end at a disappointing 5-of-38 from the field (13.1 percent). That figure included 1-of-16 shooting (6.25 percent) from the arc.
And not only that, but despite a distinct overall height advantage, MA was outrebounded 41-29, panicked itself into an uncharacteristic 22 turnovers and were led in scoring by Anna Sypniewski with just seven points.
Those categories kept the Cru from taking advantage of the absence of Hall's best player, 16-point-per-game scorer Madi Soldati, out with an ankle injury. Jaclyn Cinotte and Hanah Hart picked up the slack with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the visitors (5-1).
"We just didn't have a lot of energy tonight," said Marquette coach Luke Windy. "We were missing wide open lay-ups early and it could have been a 10-2 lead at one point, which would have changed the mood of things, but instead we were down and never found any energy the rest of the night. I think we beat ourselves tonight. Those missed shots bothered us and that carried over into the second quarter, then into the third quarter. We just couldn't find the spark ... Simply, they had more energy than us.
"When Anna and Emily (Owens, four points) are off, we need someone else to step up and we didn't have anybody. We were just flat from 1 to 13 tonight. It was just one of those games we have to learn from because we're going to see a lot more zones from now on."
The Lady Crusaders got the shots they wanted early on, but just couldn't get them to drop and finished the first quarter 2-of-10, while Hall was an equally cold 2-of-11 to keep the game tied at 6-6. In fact, the teams were a combined 6-of-38 from the field in the half, which ended with the Devils up 11-9.
But in the third quarter, after a Sypniewski bucket with 5 minutes, 39 seconds showing got the home team within 13-11, Hart took over. The sophomore forward netted six points in a 9-1 Hall run, capped by her coast-to-coast driving lay-up with 2 minutes, 8 seconds showing for a 21-12 visitors lead.
With the Lady Cru unable to make a shot from the perimeter and not making much of an effort to drive the lane, that was pretty much the ballgame.
If MA sophomore Addi McConnaughhay hadn't drained a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Marquette would have gone without a single field goal from the Sypniewski fielder to her shot, a stretch covering the last 13 minutes, 39 seconds of the game, .
"We knew we couldn't score 40 (points), to be honest. That was going to be a battle because we just don't have it out there yet," said Hall coach Brian Holman, "but the girls took that to heart and executed a gameplan.
"We talked before the game and I told the girls we have one way to win: one part being Marquette had to shoot poorly, and fortunately for us, they did, and we had to play as good a defense and and rebound the basketball well, and we did that as well. Marquette can shoot the lights out. I've seen them play and when they get hot in this gym, it just rains (points) and fortunately, they didn't get hot ... Our rebounding was phenomenal and until the end, our turnovers was extremely low."
Hall 34, Marquette 16
HALL (34) — Englehaupt 1-7 0-2 2, Cinotte 4-13 2-4 12, J. Hart 3-4 0-0 6, Bogatitus 0-4 0-2 0, H. Hart 3-13 4-8 10, Koboid 1-2 0-0 2, Parker 1-1 0-0 2, Trevier 0-0 0-0 0, Islas-Garcia 0-0 0-0 0, Parente 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-44 6-16 34.
MARQUETTE (16) — Sypniewski 2-13 3-4 7, Cowie 0-6 0-0 0, E. Owens 1-9 2-4 4, Hettel 1-1 0-0 2, Wheatland 0-0 0-0 0, McCallum 0-2 0-0 0, Lechtenburg 0-2 0-0 0, A. Owens 0-3 0-0 0, Snook 0-0 0-0 0, Ferracuti 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, McConnaughhay 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 5-38 5-10 16.
Hall (5-1) 6 5 10 13 — 34
Marquette (4-1) 6 3 4 3 — 16
3-point goals — Hall 2-4 (Cinotte 2-4), Marquette 1-16 (McConnaughhay 1-1, A. Owens 0-2, Cowie 0-5, E. Owens 0-8). Rebounds — Hall 41 (H. Hart 10), Marquette 29 (Sypniewski 8). Turnovers — Hall 19, Marquette 22. Total fouls (none fouled out) — Hall 11, Marquette 15.