Marquette Falls on the Road at USF, 58-48
Jan. 26, 2013
Morse returned after she sat out one game with an injury and recorded 15 points, while Plouffe tallied 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Sarina Simmons took down eight boards and had eight points with two steals.
Marquette fell to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST, while USF improved to 14-5 overall and a 3-3 record in league play. The Bulls were led by Inga Orekhova who recorded 15 points.
After Plouffe hit a jumper at the 11:27 mark in the second half, the Golden Eagles did not convert a field goal for over six minutes until sophomore Cristina Bigica hit a jumper on the right side with 3:58 left to play and the Golden Eagles trailing, 51-36.
Simmons converted back-to-back baskets to help cut the lead, while Morse was fouled on a three-point attempt. After she hit 2-of-3 from the foul line, Plouffe grabbed the rebound on the missed shot and hit a layup, which cut the Bulls' lead to just eight points, 54-46, and one minute remaining. USF went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to close out the game.
The Golden Eagles shot 32 percent (16-50) from the field and pulled down 37 rebounds as a team. The Bulls went 21-57 (36.8 percent) from the field and grabbed 39 boards.
Freshman Brooklyn Pumroy sank a three-point shot in the final two seconds of the first half, which broke a 4:42 drought for the Golden Eagles. MU trailed USF 24-18 at halftime and was led by Pumroy and Morse with six points apiece. Marquette shot just 22.2 percent (6-27) in the frame.
The Golden Eagles return home for a two-game homestand beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 30 as they host Rutgers. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.