TENNESSEE 101, MARQUETTE 99 (OT)
In a high-energy, high-stress matchup between two top 25 programs, Tennessee survived having three players foul out and Marquette's relentless play to earn the victory in overtime at the women's Cancun Challenge.
Allazia Blockton of the No. 20 Golden Eagles (1-2) was fouled on a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation; she hit all three free throws to tie it at 89-all. The Lady Vols (4-0) moved ahead, 101-97, on a drive and free throws from Anastasia Hayes; Marquette cut it to 101-99 on a layin from Natisha Hiedeman with 20 seconds to go. Both teams missed free throws; Hiedeman took the last shot, but her 3-pointer was off-target.
Tennessee (ranked 12th) was paced by the stellar all-court play of Jaime Nared, who had 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists before fouling out on the play where Blockton made her three free throws. Mercedes Russell had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Hayes came through with 16 points, and Rennia Davis had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Vols struggled with turnovers all night, totaling 20, but did enjoy a 57-44 edge in rebounding.
Marquette got 28 points and 11 rebounds from Blockton; Hiedeman added 23 points, Amani Wilborn chipped in 15 points and Lauren Van Kleunen had 14 points. The Golden Eagles were just 4-of-18 from the 3-point line.