Freshman Kenisha Bell scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Jan. 11, 2015
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team (4-12, 0-5 BIG EAST) fell to Butler (8-9, 4-2 BIG EAST) 76-67 Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center in what was a tight, evenly matched contest throughout.
Senior Arlesia Morse scored 14 of her team-high 20 points in the second half by hitting multiple pull-up jumpers on dribble penetration. As she hit her 16th point of the contest, MU trailed by just four at 61-57 with five minutes to play. Freshman Kenisha Bell also chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds, but her efforts were not enough to overcome the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were able to answer each Marquette basket down the stretch and took a 70-63 lead with two minutes to play after they responded to freshman Tia Elbert's steal and layup with a jumper of their own.
Butler guard Loryn Goodwin paced the Bulldogs throughout the afternoon tallying a game-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She also dished out five assists and grabbed three steals.
After hitting just seven of its first 18 shots in the second half, Butler proceeded to connect on their next seven of nine attempts. BU finished the game shooting 55 percent, while Marquette shot just 43 percent. Ijeoma Uchendu, a forward for the Bulldogs, put in 23 points and nine rebounds to lead Butler's scoring attack. She scored 13 points in the second stanza.
With the teams evenly matched after the first 20 minutes, Butler jumped out to a 48-39 second half lead after going on a 10-4 run within the first four minutes of the half. The Golden Eagles showed resiliency after senior Apiew Ojulu converted an and one layup, and Morse and Bell were able to hit layups of their own to cut MU's deficit to 50-46 with under 11 minutes to play.
Both squads cooled off in the second stanza and at the under eight timeout, MU had only managed to hit 33 percent of its shots, while the Bulldogs knocked down 39 percent.
The Golden Eagles were able to build an early 19-15 lead heading into the second media timeout by featuring six of eight players scoring in the first ten minutes of the game. MU's defense was able to force a few early turnovers allowing Elbert to run the break and hit multiple layups. Elbert finished the first half as MU's leading scorer by going 4-for-4 and tallying eight points. The freshman came off the bench today and sparked Marquette to a 20-2 advantage in bench scoring.
Marquette tallied seven points off turnovers in the first half alone. Transition baskets helped the Golden Eagles shoot 59 percent from the field in the first half, which was MU's second most efficient shooting output in a first half this season.
Goodwin fueled the Bulldogs offense as she put up 13 of her team's 38 first half points, while Blaire Langlois went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc to contribute to a 59 percent shooting performance in the first half.
Marquette returns to action this Friday as it travels to South Orange, N.J., to take on Seton Hall. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time.