Golden Eagles Cruise Past Pittsburgh 72-48
Feb. 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's basketball team snapped its four-game losing streak by defeating Pittsburgh 72-48 Saturday Night at the Al McGuire Center during Marquette's seventh annual Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness.
Arlesia Morse scored a career-high 24 points (7-11 FG, 5-6 3FG, 5-5 FT), and Katherine Plouffeposted her team-leading ninth double-double of the season, with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with six assists.
The victory boosted Marquette to 13-10 on the season, and 4-6 in the BIG EAST. In defeat, Pitt remained winless in the BIG EAST at 0-10, and fell to 8-15 on the season.
The Golden Eagles controlled the early action, and opened up a 17-7 lead in the first six minutes. But the Panthers clawed back into the game, and the lead shrunk to five with 10 minutes to play. However, MU closed the first half on a big run and led 36-25 at the intermission.
Plouffe had a stellar first half, scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds to go along with three assists. She also shot 8-of-11 from the field in the opening half. Morse hit two threes and two free throws in the first half to supplement Plouffe's scoring, and Gabi Minix had six assists. The Golden Eagles also posted an impressive 14 assists on 14 made baskets in the first 20 minutes, and shot 56 percent from the field.
Marquette came out on fire in the second half, and quickly rattled off 10 straight points to extend its advantage to 21 with just under 17 minutes to play. Katie Young had seven of MU's points during that stretch.
The MU lead grew to 23, but Pitt charged back with an 11-0 run of its own to trim the Golden Eagle lead to 12 points before Terri Mitchellcalled timeout.
The lead shrunk to just 10, but a big three-point play from Morse got the Golden Eagles back on track. Marquette closed well from there, and locked up its fourth BIG EAST win rather comfortably.
Gabi Minix had a great intangible game. While she didn't score, she dished out eight assists and committed just three turnovers. She also matched a career-high with four steals.
The Golden Eagles held a massive advantage on the fast break against the Panthers, outscoring them 18-2. As a team, MU managed 23 assists on 27 field goals.
Before the game, the crowd observed a moment of silence for Kay Yow, former coach of North Carolina State University's women's basketball program, who lost her battle with breast cancer in January 2009. Profits from the game benefitted the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 12 at No. RV/23 DePaul. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.
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