Cold Shooting Dooms Marquette at West Virginia

Katherine Plouffe (Photo credit: Dale Sparks)

Jan. 28, 2012

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Cold shooting doomed the Marquette University women's basketball team Saturday night as it fell 53-32 at West Virginia.

Marquette (12-9, 3-5 BIG EAST) made just 10 its field goals and shot 18.2 percent for the game. Katherine Plouffe led MU with nine points and nine rebounds, while Sarina Simmons and Chelsie Butlereach chipped in eight points.

Christal Caldwell paced WVU (15-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) with a game-high 20 points. Marquette out-rebounded the Mountaineers, 47-42, which included 19 offensive boards, but the Golden Eagles only managed 12 second-chance points.

West Virginia jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back as the Golden Eagles were unable to get any closer than four points, 8-4 early on in the first half.

Marquette closed the first stanza with a 4-0 run courtesy of baskets by Simmons and Gabi Minixin the final minute to trail, 27-18, after the Mountaineers led by as many as 14 points, 27-13 with 1:58 to play. Simmons scored seven points in the first, while the Golden Eagles struggled from the floor with a 24.1 shooting percentage.

West Virginia opened the second half with six quick points to push its lead to 15 points (33-18) before Young scored MU's first basket of the second half right out of the first media time out. The Golden Eagles dismal shooting night continued as they only made two more baskets for the remainder of the game.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they host Cincinnati at the Al McGuire Center. The 7 p.m. tip will air live on Sports32.




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