Marquette Defeats Xavier 75-54
Feb. 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette women’s basketball team defeated the Xavier Musketeers, 75-54, Saturday on National Marquette Day at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles improved their BIG EAST record to 8-5, and 17-7 overall.
Junior Arlesia Morse was honored prior to the start of the game with her 1,000th-point honorary basketball. She became the 24th player in Marquette women’s basketball history to do so, scoring her 1,000th point on the road against Providence.
MU struggled early in the first half committing 11 turnovers in the first 12 minutes of play, but totaled just three in the second frame after regrouping at halftime.
The Golden Eagles and Musketeers traded points throughout the first half, with the highest lead deficit being four points and five lead changes. MU shot 52.2% from the field and 57.1% from the line to close out the half.
Senior Katie Young converted five of six from the free throw line, scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half. Her layup with 53 seconds to go helped MU take a three point lead, but Xavier’s Ashley Wanninger tied it at 32, drilling her third 3-pointer of the half with 38 seconds left. Both teams failed to score before the half ended, and they headed into the locker room tied at 32.
MU came out strong in the second half, going on a 10-3 run before the first media timeout to take the lead 42-34. The Golden Eagles’ three-point shooting and scrappy defense helped them take control of the lead for the rest of the game. All five of Marquette’s 3-pointers came in the second half, two of the five from redshirt freshman Ashley Santos who ended the game with eight points, four assists and two steals.
Katherine Plouffe came out hot in the second half for Marquette, scoring six points to total 12 for the game and grabbing four rebounds for a total of five. Morse also totaled 12 points while grabbing six boards for the game. But the Golden Eagles’ offense was led by Young who scored 19 and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Musketeers committed 11 turnovers in the second half for a total of 20 on the game. Wanninger lead XU’s offense with 17 points, tying her season-high 3-pointers at five. Freshman Kayla Davis played 39 of game’s 40 minutes and scored 14 points, both a career high for the guard.
The Golden Eagles return to the Al McGuire Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to take on the DePaul Blue Devils at 7 p.m.
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