MU Falls, 99-82 at DePaul

Freshman guard Tia Elbert netted 14 points in MU's regular season finale at DePaul
March 1, 2015

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CHICAGO--The Marquette University women's basketball team (8-20, 4-14) fell, 99-82 to DePaul (23-7, 15-3) in a hard-fought contest Sunday afternoon in Chicago to conclude regular season action.

Despite shooting over 45 percent from the field and over 55 percent from beyond the arc, the Golden Eagles were unable to fend off DePaul, the BIG EAST's highest scoring squad. Marquette may have dropped the decision, but the team put together a gritty effort against the league's co-champion.

Freshman Kenisha Bell poured in a team-high 19 points to go with six boards and four assists. Senior Cristina Bigica turned in an efficient performance, notching a season-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Freshman Tia Elbert and senior Arlesia Morse added 14 points apiece, while senior Apiew Ojulu added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.

DePaul was paced by Megan Podkowa and Chanise Jenkins who each added 24 points, respectively. Brittany Hrynko, the conference's leading scorer, drove DePaul's offense all evening, finishing with 19 points and six assists.

After Bigica knocked down a timely 3-point basket, DePaul's lead stood at just three points at 71-68, with 10 minutes to play in the second half. Despite battling with its Chicago counterpart all game long, this is as close as Marquette would get as it was outscored 28-14 from this point forward.

Each squad connected on 10 three-point baskets, but Marquette was much more precise on its long range shooting, connecting on 56 percent of its attempts for the game.

Marquette finished the first half strong, utilizing a 12-2 scoring run to cut DePaul's lead to just three points at 46-43 to close out the period. Facing deficits as large as 13 points in the first half, Marquette stayed composed and battled its way back against the Blue Demons. Sophomore McKayla Yentz connected on a three-pointer from the corner to cut DePaul's lead to 44-34 with 2:39 to play in the half. Yentz's basket ignited Marquette and sparked the Golden Eagles' offense to wrap up the half.

Ojulu, Bell and Bigica all had eight points to lead Marquette, who as a team shot 48.6 percent from the field in the first half. Although DePaul took 22 three-point attempts, and Marquette took just seven, the Golden Eagles finished with four three-pointers compared to just five by its counterpart. The Blue Demons featured three double-digit scorers in the first half, while eight different Golden Eagles registered points in the first 20 minutes.

As the Golden Eagles have now concluded their 2014-15 regular season campaign, they next return to the court in BIG EAST Tournament action. The No. 8 seed Marquette Golden Eagles will take on the No.9 Providence Friars, Saturday at 2 p.m. Central time at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. MU and Providence split a pair of contests this season, with each recording victories on the opposition's home court. The Golden Eagles claimed a 72-64 victory in the most recent meeting between the squads on Feb. 20 in Providence.




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