Marquette Falls to No. 2/3 Notre Dame, 87-49

Sophomore Cristina Bigica tallied six points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench

Feb. 17, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team fell to No. 2/3 Notre Dame, 87-49, Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference showdown at the Al McGuire Center.

Marquette (12-13, 4-8 BIG EAST) was led by senior Sarina Simmons, who tallied 12 points, 6 rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Arlesia Morse had 11 points, while junior Katherine Plouffe collected nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Simmons has recorded double figures in three-straight contests.

With the victory, Notre Dame earned its 19th-straight win and improves to 24-1 overall and 12-0 in conference play. Senior Skylar Diggins scored a game-high 23 points and junior Natalie Achonwa posted a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Marquette shot 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the field in the game, while Notre Dame finished the contest hitting 50 percent of its shots on 34-of-68 shooting.

Sophomore Cristina Bigica provided a spark for MU coming off the bench. Bigica recorded six points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of action.

Freshman Brooklyn Pumroy scored the game's first basket to give MU an early 2-0 lead. Notre Dame countered by scoring 10-straight points and eventually took a 12-4 lead into the first media timeout.The Fighting Irish didn't surrender the lead for the remainder of the game.

Simmons knocked down a pair of shots as part of a 5-0 Marquette run to help the Golden Eagles cut into the deficit, 24-12, midway through the first half. In the first 20 minutes of action, Simmons tallied seven points and six rebounds to go along with two blocks and two steals.

Notre Dame held a 34-15 advantage at the break. Marquette shot 21.4 percent on 6-of-28 shooting from the floor in the first half, while the Fighting Irish knocked down 13-of-36 to shoot 36.1 percent.

The contest with the Fighting Irish was MU's 8th annual Play4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness game. MU sported pink uniforms and raised funds to support breast cancer research. ESPN2's broadcast of the game was part of the network's Play4Kay national coverage.

Marquette wraps up its quick two-game homestand when it welcomes St. John's to the Al McGuire Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for a 7 p.m. tip-off.




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