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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Marquette's seniors pledged to work hard enough to get to the NCAA tournament. Thanks to a tough shot by senior Tatiyiana McMorris, the Golden Eagles have advanced to the second round.
McMorris hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to give Marquette a 68-65 lead, and ninth-seeded Texas failed to get off a proper shot when Kathleen Nash got stuck in a crowd of defenders as time expired on Saturday.
Angel Robinson finished with 19 points to lead the eighth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who will face No. 1 seed Tennessee in the Dayton region on Monday. Marquette is making its fourth appearance in the second round but has never advanced to the regional semifinals.
The Longhorns (19-14) led by as many as nine with 12:38 in the second half, and still had a 59-54 advantage when McMorris hit a 3-pointer with 6:58 left to close the gap.
Texas, which was charged with 13 personal fouls during the game, committed three fouls in a 1:35 span. Robinson hit a pair of free throws, and Paige Fiedorowicz hit four foul shots to take a 65-61 lead for the Golden Eagles.
The Longhorns got the next two baskets, a pair of layups by Nash and Ashley Gayle that tied the game at 65 with 2:13. Neither team would score until McMorris took a pass at the wing, paused and launched her go-ahead 3-pointer.
Marquette finished 13 of 14 from the foul line. Texas attempted no free throws after the Golden Eagles were charged with just nine personal fouls.
Nash led the Longhorns with 19 points, Chassidy Fussell scored 11 and Ashleigh Fontenette had 10. Gayle pulled in 11 boards as Texas outrebounded the Golden Eagles 42-35.
Fiedorowicz finished with 14 points, and McMorris had 13 for Marquette, which has won seven of its last nine games by five points or fewer.
The Golden Eagles shot 44.6 percent and scored 11 points off 11 Texas turnovers. The Longhorns, who have now lost three straight first-round NCAA games, hit 39.2 percent of their shots.
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