Marquette Outlasts Georgetown, 80-73

Senior guard Arlesia Morse
Feb. 1, 2015

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MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team (5-17, 1-10) battled its way to an 80-73 victory over Georgetown (4-19, 2-9) Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.

Senior Arlesia Morse played aggressively all afternoon, earning 17 trips to the line and connecting on all 17 of her attempts. Morse's 17 free throw attempts and her 17 free throw makes were both program records. The senior guard finished with a career-high 30 points.

As the duo has all season long, Morse and freshman Kenisha Bell paced Marquette offensively with a combined 53 points against the Hoyas. Morse's 30 points led all scorers while Bell added 23 points. Tia Elbert was the third Golden Eagle in double figures with 11.

Sunday's contest featured 32 lead changes as well 17 ties. Both were season-highs as the game was very much a back-and-forth affair.

Morse notched her fifth 20-point performance of the season. In Marquette's past four games Morse is averaging nearly 22 points a contest.

The Hoyas featured four double-digit scorers with sophomore Faith Woodard leading the way with 15 points.

Marquette, led by Morse's aggression, was consistently able to get to the free throw line shooting twice as many free throws as Georgetown with 42 attempts for the game.

The first half saw a plethora of lead changes, with the advantage alternating 21 times in the first 20 minutes. The deficit never grew above seven points, and the score was tied on nine occasions. Morse's excellence from the free throw line was a key factor in the first half, as the senior guard connected on all eight of her attempts from the charity stripe, finishing with 12 points in the first half. Collectively, Marquette shot 88 percent from the free throw line hitting on 14-of-16 attempts, and earned four times as many trips to the line compared to its counterpart. Bell's 13 points led all scorers at the half.

The Flint, Michigan native, Morse, entered Sunday's matchup as the BIG EAST Conference's leading free throw shooter and the nation's sixth best at a 91.5 percent.

First year head coach Carolyn Kieger earned her first career BIG EAST Conference victory.

MU moves to 10-2 all-time versus Georgetown.

Marquette returns to action Friday, Feb. 6, when it travels to Xavier for a 6 p.m. Central time in Cincinnati.




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