Seton Hall head coach Anthony Bozzella directs his team against Marquette during the first half of an NCAA college basketball quarterfinal game of the Big East Conference tournament in Rosemont, Ill., Sunday, March 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Kamil Krzaczynski
March 08, 2015

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Tabatha Richardson-Smith had 31 points and 11 rebounds and No. 25 Seton Hall women beat No. 8 seed Marquette 77-51 on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament.

Top-seeded Seton Hall advances to its first conference tournament semifinal game since 1996.

Daisha Simmons added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Seton Hall (27-4, 16-3). Ka-Deidre Simmons had 12 points with eight assists. The Pirates grabbed 50 rebounds and forced 22 turnovers.

Seton Hall went on a 23-6 run to end the first half for a 40-23 lead. Richardson-Smith had 20 points and the Pirates held the Golden Eagles to 32 percent shooting.

Arlesia Morse led Marquette (9-22, 4-15) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Kenisha Bell added 14 points. The Golden Eagles were held to 18-of-62 shooting (29 percent), including 4 of 23 from distance.

Morse ended her career with 1,577 points, which ranks ninth all-time in school history.

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