Marquette Topples DePaul, 80-74
Feb. 18, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to topple DePaul, 80-74, Tuesday evening at the Al McGuire Center and snap the Blue Demons' nine-game win streak.
Junior Apiew Ojulu's three-point play with 1:13 remaining in regulation gave the Golden Eagles (18-7, 9-5 BIG EAST) a 74-71 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Marquette hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to seal the game while the Blue Demons (20-6, 11-3 BIG EAST) managed just a single three-pointer from junior guard Brittany Hrynko.
Senior Katherine Plouffe recorded her 10th double-double of season with 14 points and 12 rebounds and junior guard Arlesia Morse fueled the second half comeback with 12 of her team-high 17 points in the final 20 minutes.
Senior forward Jasmine Penny paced DePaul with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. Hrynko added 14 points, six assists and six steals in 30 minutes of action.
The BIG EAST's top-two teams in scoring average traded leads throughout the second half and the Golden Eagles were able to sustain momentum while shooting 53.3 percent after the break (16-30).
DePaul entered the contest seventh in NCAA Division I in points per game and was held 10 points below its scoring average. The Blue Demons' 73 points is their second lowest total of the season.
Marquette held a 53-35 advantage on the glass and outshot the Blue Demons 43.3 percent to 35.1 percent. DePaul combined to shoot just 54.5 percent from the free throw line, while hitting just 5-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half.
The home team in the series has won six of the last seven meetings and DePaul leads the all-time series 37-23. The Blue Demons already defeated Marquette 91-85 on Jan. 29 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.
Marquette returns to action at 1 p.m. Central time on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Seton Hall.