No. 5 Marquette Falls to No. 1 DePaul, 100-90
March 10, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill.-- A late rally fell short for the Marquette women's basketball team (21-10) as the No. 5 seed Golden Eagles fell to No. 1 seed DePaul, 100-90, in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals Monday evening at Allstate Arena.
Senior Katie Young led MU with 25 points, while sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy recorded a career-high 21 points. Senior Katherine Plouffe notched her 13th double-double this season with 19 points and a career-best 17 boards. After trailing as much as 19 points in the second half, the Golden Eagles cut the Blue Demons' lead to just 10, 85-75 after junior Arlesia Morse drained a pair of free throws with 2:58 left in the game. A 3-pointer from Pumroy with 1:02 remaining put MU within six points, but a string of made shots at the charity stripe kept DePaul in front with the victory. The 100 points scored was just seven shy of a BIG EAST record.
The Blue Demons (26-6) were led by Jasmine Penny with 26 points, while Chanise Jenkins tallied 23 and Megan Rogowski posted 21.
Back-to-back layups from Young and Plouffe at the 17:10 mark gave MU its largest lead of 10-5, but DePaul went on an 11-0 run over five minutes and led 24-14 with 10:06 left in the half. The Blue Demons held their largest lead, 55-38 with 42 seconds remaining after a layup, which held going into the break. Despite the deficit, Marquette shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the frame.
Marquette shot 50 percent (32-64) in the game and took a 42-35 advantage on the glass. It was the first time the Golden Eagles were playing in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals since 2007.