Golden Eagles Fall at Home to USF, 61-48
Feb. 14, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s basketball team fell to the University of South Florida on Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center by a final score of 61-48.
The loss was the Golden Eagles’ sixth in their last seven games, and drops them to 13-12 overall, 4-8 in the BIG EAST Conference. USF improved to 14-13 and 6-7 in the BIG EAST with the victory.
Marquette freshman guard Arlesia Morse turned in yet another brilliant performance in the loss, scoring 20 points and tallying four steals. Katherine Plouffe has eight points and 12 rebounds for MU, and Gabby Minix recorded half of a triple-double, with five points, five rebounds, and five assists.
After leading 31-22 at the half, USF opened the second by scoring the first seven points, to open up a 16-point lead. Plouffe, who struggled in the first half, re-routed the Golden Eagles with a three-point play with 17 minutes to go. Morse followed that up with a layup, and the lead shrunk to 11.
The game continued at a defensive pace with not much change in the margin until about the six minute mark, when Morse caught fire from beyond the arc. She hit back to back threes to cut the USF lead to 48-41 with 5:20 to play. But the Bulls held strong, and a late charge from MU came up short.
The Bulls started converting most of their chances in the last five minutes of the first half, and their lead stretched to as many as 11 points.
Inga Orekhova led all scorers in the first half with 10 points for the Bulls. MU shot just 27 percent, but were powered by eight and seven points from Katie Young and Morse respectively. USF held an 11-0 points off turnovers advantage through the first 20 minutes.
Marquette shot just 28.6 percent on the night from the field, and just 5-of-18 from beyond the arc. They also shot 61 percent from the foul line.
Young had nine points and nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles begin a two-game road trip Saturday at Syracuse. The 1 p.m. CT tipoff will be carried live on the BIG EAST Network and locally on Sports32.