Comfortable surroundings and four extra minutes seemed to be all the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins needed.
Rock Bridge gained its first win of the season Friday, beating Marquette 73-59 in overtime.
It was the Bruins’ first home game of the season and the crowd eased players’ nerves in the late stages.
“Being at home was definitely an advantage,” Ashley Guy said. “Having the fans cheer for you … and we practice here, so we’re more comfortable on the court.”
The Bruins rallied to tie at 57 on Guy’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Rock Bridge (1-4) started overtime where it left off with Keiyana Austin hitting a 3-pointer.
“That really just seemed to set the pace for things after that,” Bruins coach Bob Plourde said. “You could just feel we started building the confidence.”
Marquette cut the lead to two with 1:59 left when Kathryn Sprague made a pair of free throws. The Bruins pulled away from there, finishing a 23-2 run over the final seven minutes.“I think what really put us over the edge … we decided before the game we were tired of losing and we’re tired of working hard and not getting any results,” Guy said. “It was time for us to get out here and play hard and get a win.”
Guy scored 23 points, going 6-for-11 from the field and hitting three 3-pointers.
Although Rock Bridge led 45-40 after three quarters, Plourde said his team wasn’t playing aggressively.
“I thought when we had the lead, we came out and it looked to me like we were playing not to lose,” Plourde said. “We just looked tentative, we looked like we were just standing around and not doing much of anything.”
Marquette (2-2) dominated the early part of the fourth quarter, going inside to Sprague, a 6-foot-4 center. Sprague scored six of the Mustangs’ first eight points of the quarter to give them a 48-47 lead with 4:56 left.
During that span, Rock Bridge failed to take a shot from the field for nearly four minutes. The Bruins committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and made three of four free throws during the Mustangs’ 17-3 run.
After Marquette’s run, Rock Bridge settled down.
“When we got behind, it just seemed like that pressure of playing with the lead was off of us,” Plourde said.
Although Sprague led all scorers with 24, the Bruins’ interior players contained her in overtime. Amanda Hansen led the Bruins’ post players with 11 points. Melissa White, Ashley Dressler and Ashley Stanfill combined for 13.
Plourde said one of Rock Bridge’s main goals was to force point guard Abbey Gallagher out of position. The Bruins tried to keep her from going right, which she favored last season.