Morse and Young Help Marquette Clip Bearcats, 54-51
March 2, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. - Guards Arlesia Morse and Katie Young each hit four 3-pointers to propel the Marquette University women's basketball team to a 54-51 victory over Cincinnati Friday evening in the first round of the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship at the XL Center.
Young scored a team-high 17 points for Marquette, while Morse added 16. The rookie tallied all 16 points in the second half as the Golden Eagles won their first game in the BIG EAST tournament for the third straight year.
The Golden Eagles (14-16 overall) shot 32-percent from the field, but made eight 3-pointers. Cincinnati shot 31-percent and converted just four 3-pointers.
Senior Bjonee Reaves led the Bearcats (15-15 overall) with 15 points, including four 3-pointers. The rest of the Bearcats were a combined 0-8 from 3-point range.
The first 13 minutes of the game featured five tie scores and five lead changes before Cincinnati closed out the final 7:06 of the first half with an 11-4 run and own a 28-21 advantage at halftime.
The Golden Eagles turned the tide in the early in the second half and used a 9-0 run to erase the deficit and take their first lead of the half, 36-34, with 14:22 to play.
The Bearcats tied the game three times after, but the Golden Eagles held on for their first win since Feb. 4.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday at 7 p.m. Central time against No. 6-seed Rutgers in the second round of the tournament.
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