Women's Basketball Falls to Providence, 52-50
Jan. 21, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Two free throws by Providence's Rachel Barnes with 0.1 seconds remaining propelled the Friars to a 52-50 victory over the Marquette University women's basketball team Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles started fast, and led 10-4 early. But from there, Providence controlled the rest of the first half, and took a seven-point lead into the break, 26-19. Marquette did most of its damage inside in the first half, with seven points from Ojulu and six from Plouffe. Plouffe led all players with six rebounds in the opening frame.
It didn't take Marquette long to fight right back into the game early on in the second half. A layup from Plouffe with just over 16 minutes remaining evened the score at 29 and capped a 10-3 run before the first media timeout of the second half. Big 3-pointers from Katie Youngand Morse and tough play inside from Plouffe pushed MU's lead to nine points, 39-30 with 14 minutes left in the game.
The Golden Eagles lead stretched to 11 (41-30) after a layup by Morse, but Providence fought back and cut the lead to four with 11 minutes to go. Free throws at the nine minute mark by Symone Roberts drew Providence even and completed a quick 11-0 run by the Friars.
The game went back and forth from there, with neither team holding an advantage greater than three points for the remainder of the contest.
Young tied the score at 50 apiece with 1:20 remaining on the clock. The scored remained that way for the next minute, and after an offensive rebound from Plouffe, MU took timeout to draw up a final play. On MU's final possession, Young missed a three from the corner and Morse was called for a foul with .01 left to play.
Marquette finished the game shooting 40.5 percent from the floor 52.2 percent of its attempts in the second half. The Golden Eagles played much tighter in the second half, but still ended up with 27 turnovers for the game.
Barnes scored 11 for the Friars (11-9, 3-4 BIG EAST), while Teya Wright paced PC with 18 points.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Jan. 28 at West Virginia.