Plouffe's 20-Point Second Half Leads Marquette Past Cincinnati, 72-58
March 4, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Junior Katherine Plouffe scored all 20 of her points in the second half as the Marquette University women's basketball team pulled away for a 72-58 victory over Cincinnati on Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.She also became the 23rd player in Marquette women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point milestone with a layup at the 11:49 mark in the second half.
The Golden Eagles earn the No. 10 seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship with the victory and will play 15th-seeded Pittsburgh in Hartford, Conn., at the XL Center on Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. CT.
Plouffe connected on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor in the second half after going 0-for-3 with a pair of fouls in the first 20 minutes of action. Sophomore Arlesia Morse added 17 points for the Golden Eagles (15-14, 7-9 BIG EAST), while senior Sarina Simmons, who was honored in a pregame ceremony, chipped in 14.
Simmons, a Milwaukee native, was honored in the senior day activities along with student manager Brett Bilowski. Simmons also added seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in the win.
Cincinnati, which falls to 12-17 (4-12 BIG EAST), received 50 percent of its offense from redshirt junior Dayeesha Hollins who led the Bearcats with 29 points.
Plouffe scored Marquette's first six points of the second half and helped key a 15-3 run which gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the game at 21 points.
Katie Young closed out the scoring in the first half with a jumper as time expired to put the Golden Eagles on top 33-25. Simmons inbounded the ball with one second remaining in the first following a pair of Hollins free throws and hit Young in stride with an 80-foot pass for the final basket.
The Golden Eagles used a 17-5 run midway through the first half to bust out of a 5-5 tie and led by as many as 13 points (25-12) in the opening 20 minutes.
Hollins, who finished the first half with 17 points, led a 9-0 Bearcat run with seven points following their largest deficit of the first to pull the game back within four, 25-21.