Marquette Holds on for a 73-67 Victory at Xavier
Jan. 11, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio-- It was another game that went down to the wire for the Marquette women's basketball team as the squad held on for a 73-67 victory at Xavier on Saturday afternoon at the Cintas Center.
Junior Arlesia Morse sank a key triple from the right wing to put Marquette in front 70-67 with 45 seconds left in the game and sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy connected on three of four free throws to keep the Golden Eagles (12-3, 3-1) in front and secure the victory.
Senior Katherine Plouffe led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Morse was a spark off the bench shooting 8-9 for 17 points. Pumroy was 3-4 from beyond the arc and tallied 14 points.
Marquette turnovers kept the Musketeers (7-9, 2-2) in the game down the stretch capitalizing on 14 points off of the Golden Eagles' miscues. A trey from XU at 2:17 tied the game at 65 and again at 67 after two made free throws with 1:03 remaining, which led to Morse's long range shot.
MU shot 56.4 percent (31-55) from the field and scored 38 points in the paint. The Golden Eagles pounded the backboard with a 36-22 advantage.
Xavier shot 40 percent (22-55) from the floor and hit eight shots from beyond the arc. Jenna Crittendon and Shatyra Hawkes each had 14 points for the Musketeers.
After trailing much of the first half, Marquette shut down Xavier and went on a 17-2 run over the final 5:44 of play in the first half and kept the Musketeers from scoring for a five minute stretch.
MU shot a blistering 63.0 percent (17-27) from the floor in the first half and pounded the Musketeers on the glass, 18-8.
The Golden Eagles will return home and host St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 18 for their first game since Dec. 31. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.