Syracuse Tops Marquette in BIG EAST Opener, 92-79

Sarina Simmons poured in a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jan. 5, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Despite a career-high 24 points from senior forward Sarina Simmons, the Marquette University women's basketball team fell to Syracuse, 92-79, in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both squads Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

Simmons notched her first double-double of the season with 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles who fall to 8-6 on the season and 0-1 in BIG EAST play. She also handed out four assists, blocked two shots and took four steals.

Senior Kayla Alexander led four players in double figures for the Orange with 20 points. Syracuse improves to 13-1 (1-0 BIG EAST) with the victory.

Along with Simmons, junior Katherine Plouffe and freshman Brooklyn Pumroy recorded double figures with 13 points apiece. Plouffe also dished out six assists and pulled down seven boards.

Marquette shot 28-for-35 from the field (43.1-percent) and hit four three-point baskets. The Golden Eagles were narrowly outrebounded by the Orange, 40-36.

After trailing by as much as 15 with 10:45 left in the game, MU cut the lead to just four points, 83-79 at the 2:28 mark. The Orange connected on 5-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes and held Marquette scoreless to close out the game.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Jan. 12 when they welcome UConn to the Al McGuire Center for a 3 p.m. tip.




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