Golden Eagles Fall to Butler, 74-70
Feb. 8, 2014
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team (15-7, 6-5) could not overcome a late deficit and fell to the Butler Bulldogs (11-12, 6-6) 74-70 Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
After holding a 37-31 lead at the intermission, the Golden Eagles saw the Bulldogs catch fire in the second half ultimately claiming the victory. Butler took a 43-42 lead early in the frame, its first lead since the 14:07 mark in the first half. After Butler led for the majority of the second stanza, MU claimed a 66-64 lead with 2:39 left in the contest. The Bulldogs responded quickly when Daress McClung knocked down a three pointer to give them a 67-66 lead. From this point forward, Marquette narrowed the gap to one point on several occasions but was never able to break through. Trailing 73-70 with seven seconds left in regulation, MU had a chance to draw even but was unable to convert.
Senior forward Katie Young paced MU offensively with 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, good for her ninth double-double of the season. Senior forward Katherine Plouffe fell just short of a double-double, contributing nine points and nine boards. Junior Arlesia Morse finished with 16 points, including four 3-point field goals. After Saturday's action Morse now has 985 career points.
Marquette, who is second in the nation in rebound margin per game, held true to its calling card, outrebounding Butler 48-30.
McClung, Lexus Murry, Taylor Schippers and Liz Stratman all scored in double figures for Butler. McClung, the senior from Indianapolis, led the Bulldogs with 22 points.
The Golden Eagles held a six point advantage at the half, leading the Bulldogs 37-31. Three pointers were the name of the game for both teams in the first stanza as MU shot a blistering 55.6 percent from behind the arc, knocking down five of its nine attempts. Butler connected on four three pointers, but was less efficient converting at a 30.8 percent clip from behind the line. Young was the star of the first half, recording a double-double in the first 20 minutes of action.
Marquette returns to the court Tuesday, Feb. 11, when it travels to Providence on its first road trip in three games. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Central time.