|NCAA Women's Basketball|
Oliver leads Rutgers women over Marquette
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Monique Oliver had 18 of her 23 points in the second half to help No. 23 Rutgers rally to beat Marquette 52-43 on Saturday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Khadijah Rushdan added nine points and 12 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (22-8), who will face No. 4 Connecticut in the quarterfinals on Sunday night.
Both teams struggled on offense for most of the game. Marquette built a nine-point lead and held a 22-16 halftime lead. They led 26-20 early in the second half before Rutgers finally got going behind Oliver. Her free throw and putback with 7:35 left gave Rutgers' its first lead since early in the first half.
Marquette trailed 44-41 before Gabi Minix's scoop shot in the lane brought the Golden Eagles within one. Oliver then made six of eight free throws in the final 3 minutes and Rutgers' held the Golden Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.
Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points to lead Marquette (14-17).
Updated March 3, 2012