Marquette Closes Out Non-Conference with 78-74 Victory at Central Michigan
Jan. 2, 2013
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A second half surge helped the Marquette women's basketball team (8-5) come back from a halftime deficit and defeat Central Michigan (6-7), 78-74, on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Arena.
Junior Katherine Plouffe recorded a career-best 24 points to lead the Golden Eagles. She shot 9-for-13 and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Plouffe also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
"We came out in the second half with a lot of fight in us," head coach Terri Mitchell said. "Being down 10 points, all we talked about was winning that first media timeout and changing things around and we were going to do that with defense and rebounding. If you look at the first half, to only pull down nine rebounds, just shows that we weren't ready to play the ballgame. In the second half we were very focused on controlling the basketball and rebounding and it made a huge difference. We also had a focus of who to get the ball to, looking inside to find an advantage and taking much better shots. That helped put us in a position to win."
Senior Sarina Simmons posted a season-high 14 points, along with freshman Brooklyn Pumroy who also tallied 14 points. Also in double figures was sophomore Arlesia Morse with 11 points, all of which came in the second half. It was the sixth game this season that the Golden Eagles have had four players reach double figure scoring.
MU trailed the Chippewas 37-27 at halftime and had just nine rebounds in the first frame. They shot 50-percent in the second half (17-34) and finished the game shooting 45-percent (27-60) with 36 rebounds.
With just 49 seconds left, Central Michigan connected on a three-point shot, which tied the game at 72, but Morse responded out of a timeout and sank a three-point shot of her own from the left wing, which gave the Golden Eagles a 75-72 lead.
The Chippewas were led by Crystal Bradford with 21 points, including four three-point baskets.
The Golden Eagles return home and open BIG EAST play on Saturday, Jan. 5 when they host Syracuse. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports 32.