Marquette Advances in WNIT, 63-61, at Indiana State
March 20, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-- In a game that had 13 lead changes and was tied nine times, the Marquette University women's basketball team (22-10) hit key free-throws down the stretch and defeated Indiana State, 63-61, to advance to the WNIT second round.
Plouffe set a Marquette single game program record and WNIT record for rebounds with 26. The previous record was 25 set by Pam Suplicki in 1984. It was Plouffe's 14th double-double of the season and third in as many games with 19 points and 26 rebounds.
"I am extremely excited of our team's effort tonight coming in to a tough place to play and coming out with a victory," head coach Terri Mitchell said. "We had to knock the rust off, but our rebounding and defense excelled under pressure and we were able to get the ball into the right hands. I can't say enough about Katherine's effort tonight- it was extraordinary, and breaking a 30-year old rebounding record was impressive. Our team is on a mission for our seniors to continue to play."
The Golden Eagles shot 43.1 percent (25-58) from the floor and outrebounded the Sycamores (21-11) 50-36. MU used a 6-1 run in the last minute to take a lead before Indiana State hit a 3-point shot in the final seconds.
After getting out to a slower start in the first half, Marquette closed on a 17-10 run in the final 12 minutes. The Golden Eagles shot 41.9 percent (13-31) from the floor and owned a 28-20 rebounding advantage as the teams went into halftime tied at 28. Plouffe with 14 rebounds in first half.
Marquette will travel to Indiana and face the Hoosiers on Saturday, March 22 at Assembly Hall. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Central time.