Marquette Bests Providence on the Road, 72-64
Feb. 20, 2015
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--It was another victory that came down to key free throw shooting down the stretch as the Marquette University women's basketball team (8-19, 4-12) won its second in-a-row, 72-64, at Providence (5-21, 2-13) Friday evening.
The Golden Eagles converted 5-for-6 from the line in the final 1:44 of action and finished the game shooting 11-for-15 total free throws.
Senior Arlesia Morse paved the way for four players in double digits with 15 points, while freshman Kenisha Bell notched her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-best 13 boards. She also handed out six assists to her teammates.
The Golden Eagles combined to shoot 42.6 percent (26-61) from the field and outrebounded the Friars 44-38.
MU got off to a 37-32 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 9-0 surge through that stretch, and would not trail again in the game. The Golden Eagles largest lead was 11 points after Elbert drained a three-pointer at the 6:54 mark.
Marquette opened the first half with a 5-4 advantage, but Providence quickly took a 6-0 run and turned it into a 10-5 lead with 14:04 left in the first half. Freshman Shantelle Valentine cut the lead to just one point, 16-15 after converting a layup, but the Friars offense extended their lead to 26-17 with 5:44 remaining in the half. Sophomore Lauren Tibbs converted an and-one play at the 3:15 mark as MU trailed just 26-25, but a layup from PC at the buzzer gave the Friars a 32-28 advantage going into the break.
Apiew Ojulu led the squad with eight points, but Bell had already grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds.
Alexis Harris and Tori Rule combined to score over half of the Friars' points with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Harris also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Marquette will travel directly to Creighton and take on the Bluejays, Sunday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT at D.J. Sokol Arena.
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