Golden Eagles fall to Rutgers, 72-54
Jan. 30, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team dropped its third-straight contest, a 72-54 loss to Rutgers, on Wednesday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (10-10, 2-5 BIG EAST) were led by 14 points and 13 rebounds from Katherine Plouffe as the junior forward notched her sixth double-double of the season.
Senior Monique Oliver led the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) with a season-high 23 points, 18 of which came in the second half, and 10 rebounds as Rutgers pulled away for its 11th consecutive victory against Marquette. Sophomore Betnijah Laney was RU's other double-figure scorer, pouring in 15 points with five assists.
Oliver erased a 29-28 Marquette halftime lead with a pair of free throws and would score Rutgers' first 10 points of the second half as RU jumped out to a 38-33 advantage.
Laney added the next eight points for the Scarlet Knights, followed by seven straight from Shakena Richardson - her only points of the contest. Oliver, Laney and Richardson combined for 37 of Rutgers' 44 points in the second half as the team shot 66.7 percent (13-of-21) from the floor in the stanza.
The Golden Eagles shot just 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from the field and 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from the charity stripe in the second half as Rutgers took control of the game.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 9-2 lead and led 13-5 on a layup from Chelsey Lee at the 14:28 mark of the first half.
Marquette would hold Rutgers without a field goal for the next 8:28 on the game clock as the Golden Eagles built their largest lead of the game at 22-17 on a Plouffe layup. RU ended its field goal drought on a basket from Rachel Hollivay with six minutes remaining in the first.
Redshirt freshman Lauren Tibbs led the Golden Eagles to a 29-28 lead at the half with nine points and five rebounds, while Syessence Davis paced Rutgers with six points. MU held an 11-3 advantage in second chance points in the opening frame after grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Al McGuire Center against longtime rival DePaul at 7 p.m.