UConn-Marquette: A look back
UConn was ranked sixth and Marquette 16th when the squads squared off on Feb. 3, 2007. Despite the Golden Eagles being ranked, it was expected to be another routine victory for the Huskies. Somebody forgot to tell that to Marquette which ripped out seven straight points after Tina Charles gave Connecticut a 2-0 lead.
Marquette led for more than eight minutes in the first half before Charles and Renee Montgomery began to get rolling. UConn was up by 11 at halftime. When Ketia Swanier hit a jumper six seconds into the second half, the Huskies led by 13. With Connecticut still up by 10 with 14:54 left to play before the Golden Eagles began to chip away at the lead.
Christina Quaye, now a Marquette assistant, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Golden Eagles within four with 2:31 to play. When the Huskies missed their next three shots, Quaye was able to make it a one-possession game when she ht a pair of free throws with 36 seconds to play. Ten seconds later Montgomery missed the front end of a 1-and-1 setting the stage for Quaye to have a shot to give Marquette the lead in the final seconds. However, Quaye's 3-pointer with 12 seconds left was off the mark with 12 seconds left. Montgomery grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Quaye. This time Montgomery did not miss, sinking both free throws to put UConn 52-48.
"I just wanted to be in position to make the shots," Montgomery said after the game.
Charles led the Huskies with 20 points (on 10 of 14 shooting) and 14 rebounds while Montgomery added 12 points.
Quaye, who was in training camp with the Connecticut Sun in 2008, led Marquette with 20 points.