After scoring just nine points in the first quarter, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team battled back on Saturday, Feb. 13 to outscore Marietta University by 10 points over the final three quarters, going on to earn a 57-56 victory over the Pioneers.
Marietta dictated the scoring early, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to open up the offense in the first quarter. The visitors would go on to open up a six-point lead before the Blue Streaks could answer. Junior guard Katlyn Spahar and sophomore forward Jasmine Rogers combined to cut the deficit to two points with just a little over half of the first quarter remaining.
Both teams would trade scores down the stretch to close out the opening frame, ending the quarter with Marietta ahead 11-9.
The JCU offense would answer in the opening minutes of the second quarter, tying the game at 14. Marietta regained the lead with a 7-0 run after capitalizing on four JCU turnovers in that span.
The seven-point lead by Marietta in the second quarter was the largest lead for the game for any team. It would take a push from the hosting Blue Streaks in the final minutes of the first half to reel the game back in, cutting the Marietta lead to just three points at halftime.
The offensive momentum from the Blue Streaks would carry over to the second half, led by an opening three-point play from Spahar. After being fouled in the opening 10-seconds of the third quarter, the junior hit a foul shot to tie the game at 26.
JCU and Marietta traded baskets over the rest of the quarter, with the Pioneers holding a one-point lead heading into the final frame.
Spahar again led the charge to put the Blue Streaks ahead, hitting a lay-up in the early moments of the fourth quarter to go up 40-39. Freshman Kelsey Poplawski would pour on more offensive power with a three-point field goal on the next possession to open up a four point lead.
The fourth quarter featured seven lead changes and two ties, but it was the Blue Streaks that were on the positive end when the final buzzer rang. Spahar and Battaglia combined for three-of-four from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds to close out the game and secure the victory.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 17 against the University of Mount Union in University Heights, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.