Marquette Grinds Out 70-66 Win Over DePaul
Feb. 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore guard Arlesia Morse scored eight of her team-high 24 points in the final four minutes of play to lift the Marquette University women's basketball team past DePaul, 70-66, Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (11-10, 3-5 BIG EAST) was led by Morse's 24-point, five-rebound performance, while junior Katherine Plouffe tallied 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Golden Eagles shot 46 percent (23-of-50) in the contest, including 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the second half.
The victory was MU's first over conference-foe DePaul since it upset the then-No.7/11 Blue Demons, 60-53, on Feb. 26, 2011.
With the loss, DePaul snaps its three-game winning streak and falls to 16-6 overall, 5-3 in the BIG EAST. Sophomore Brittany Hrynko was responsible for scoring over half of her team's points, finishing with a career-high 35 points. She shot 12-of-28 from the field, including 7-of-15 from behind the arc.
After allowing the Blue Demons to grab a 15-9 lead early in the first half, Marquette used a 13-3 run to jump back on top, 22-18, with just over five minutes to play in the half.
Marquette shot 12-of-29 from the floor (41. 4 percent) in the first stanza, while DePaul knocked down 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) shots to head into intermission tied, 33-33. Morse and Plouffe combined for 23 of the Golden Eagles first half points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.
Plouffe had an impressive first half, only missing one shot from the floor and connecting on the first 3-pointer of her career. The Edmonton, Alberta, native also chipped in a pair of free throws to help MU remain perfect (6-for-6) from the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes.
MU opened the second half on a 8-2 run, forcing DePaul to burn an early timeout, trailing 41-35. The Blue Demons managed to climb back into the game, due in large part to Hrynko's sharp shooting. DePaul held a 57-55 lead with 4:14 to play, before Morse knocked down one of her four triples to give MU the lead, 58-57, which it wouldn't surrender for the remainder of the contest.
Marquette outrebounded DePaul, 37-28, in the game. MU's 11 offensive rebounds led to 13 second-chance points, compared to the Blue Demons seven.
The Golden Eagles were aggressive on the defensive end in the game, forcing 18 DePaul turnovers on 13 steals. Plouffe notched three takeaways on the night.
DePaul got into foul trouble midway through the second half, allowing the Golden Eagles to get to the charity stripe often down the stretch. Marquette finished the game 78.3 percent (18-for-23) from the line.
Marquette begins a three-game road swing on Tuesday, Feb. 5 when it travels to Storrs, Conn., to battle No. 3/2 Connecticut at 6 p.m. Central time. The Huskies topped MU, 85-51, earlier this season at the Al McGuire Center.