Marquette Falls to DePaul, 77-69 in BIG EAST Second Round
March 9, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. - Four players posted double figures for Marquette, but it was not enough as the No. 10 seed Golden Eagles fell to No. 7 seed DePaul, 77-69 in the second round of the 2013 BIG EAST Championship on Saturday evening.
Sophomore Arlesia Morse led Marquette (16-15) with 16 points, while junior Katie Young finished with 14. Senior Sarina Simmons and freshman Brooklyn Pumroy recorded 13 and 11 points, respectively. Junior Katherine Plouffe had a game-high 14 rebounds. Every player who saw time on the court scored at least two points for the second consecutive game.
Anna Martin led the Blue Demons (21-10) with a game-high 24 points, while two other players recorded double figures. DePaul finished shooting 42.2 percent (27-64).
The Golden Eagles opened the second half on a 6-2 run and held a 40-36 lead at the 17:47 mark. A layup from DePaul's Martin cut the lead to just one, which sparked a 14-4 run by the Blue Demons over a seven-minute stretch.
Marquette trailed by just eight points, 70-62, after Young converted a layup with 2:09 left in the game, but the Blue Demons sank five-of-six free throws to close out the game with a 77-69 victory.
MU combined to shoot 33.8 (23-68) percent from the field in the game and hit eight shots from beyond-the-arc. The Golden Eagles owned the edge on the blackboards, 46-41.
Over the final four minutes of play in the first half, Marquette used a 9-2 run, which cut an eight point lead for the Blue Demons into just one, 35-34. MU shot 36.4 percent (12-33) in the first frame and was even with DePaul on the glass as both teams had 21. The Blue Demons shot 44.4 percent in the first half hitting 16-for-36. Morse led the Golden Eagles at the break with 11 points and had hit two shots from long-range.
Marquette will now wait to see if it secured a bid from the WNIT. Brackets will be announced late on Monday, March 18 following the announcement of the NCAA tournament bracket. With an overall record of 16-15, the Golden Eagles are eligible for postseason play.