Marquette Falls Just Short at DePaul, 91-85
Jan. 29, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill.-- Despite five players in double figures, a late surge fell just short as the Marquette women's basketball team dropped a 91-85 decision at DePaul Wednesday evening at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Junior Cristina Bigica led the Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-4) with a career-high 19 point effort, while classmate Chelsie Butler also had a career high night with 15 points. Senior Katherine Plouffe, junior Arlesia Morse and sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy each tallied 11 points. Plouffe recorded her eighth double double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds.
MU pounded the glass with a significant 52-29 rebounding advantage and shot 50-percent (32-64) from the floor.
DePaul (16-5, 7-2) also had five players in double figures led by a game-high 20 points from Brittany Hyrnko. Megan Rogowski added 19 points.
Marquette trailed by 19 points, its largest deficit, at the 9:51 mark of the second half, but used a 12-2 run to cut the lead to just nine points, 78-69 with 7:40 remaining. A jumper from Plouffe with 44 seconds left to play put the Golden Eagles with six points and a layup from junior Apiew Ojulu less than 10 seconds later had cut the lead to five points.
The Golden Eagles had a few opportunities in the final seconds, but the Blue Demons converted key free throws which sealed their victory.
It was the third time this season MU had five players record double figures.
Marquette will return home to the Al McGuire Center to begin a three-game homestand. The Golden Eagles will host Georgetown Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. Central time.