No. 4 Connecticut Tops Marquette 85-45

Katherine Plouffe led MU with 16 points.

Feb. 25, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team fell to No. 4 Connecticut, 85-45, on Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 13-15 on the season and 4-11 in BIG EAST Conference play. Katherine Plouffe led MU with 16 points and four rebounds.

The win propelled the Huskies to 26-3 and a 13-2 mark in the BIG EAST. Tiffany Hayes had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for UConn and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis pitched in 27 points off the bench.

UConn opened the game on a 6-0 run, but out of timeout, Gabi Minix and Arlesia Morse buried triples to even the score at six.

The Huskies quickly resumed their run however, opening up a 15-6 lead going into the second media timeout. The Golden Eagles stayed with UConn for the rest of the half, cutting the lead to as little as seven points with five minutes to go in the opening frame.

The Huskies led by 13 at the break, 34-21.

UConn held the advantage at the start of the second half, but two free throws from Plouffe cut the lead to 14 after Geno Auriemma received his first technical foul of the season for arguing a charge call.

Tiffany Hayes hit a three with 14 minutes to go to extend the UConn lead to 19, and Terri Mitchell called timeout. From there, UConn turned on the jets, and by the time Mitchell took MU's final timeout, the Huskies led by 34 points, 68-34.

Minix posted a turnover-free game for the first time in 2011-12, playing all 40 minutes error-free while recording four assists.

Marquette held a significant advantage on second chance points, with 17 points off of 17 offensive rebounds as opposed to just 15 and 10 for the Huskies. The Golden Eagles also made all 15 of their free throws in their best performance from the charity stripe to date.

The Golden Eagles will close out the regular season on Monday, Feb. 27 at Rutgers.




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