Marquette Falls to Northern Iowa in WNIT Action, 61-59
March 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Despite overcoming a 12-point second-half deficit, the Marquette University women's basketball team fell to Northern Iowa, 61-59, in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (16-16) was led by senior Sarina Simmons and sophomore Arlesia Morse, who each tallied 16 points in the contest. Katherine Plouffe chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds, while Apiew Ojulu came off the bench to add10 points and five boards.
Northern Iowa (17-16) had three players score double figures, led by Jacqui Kalin's game-high 18 points. The Panthers advance to the second round of the WNIT and will face Ball State on Sunday.
The Panthers jumped out to a 20-8 lead to start the game and held the advantage for most of the game until Simmons knocked down a jumper to put MU ahead, 57-56, with 3:28 remaining. Simmons' basket was part of a 15-1 Marquette run.
Ojulu converted on a layup with 26 seconds left on the clock to pull the score even at 59-59. Kalin missed a jump shot with seven seconds remaining, but teammate Jess McDowell was there for the game-winning put-back with just three seconds left on the clock.
Marquette shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) in the contest, while Northern Iowa connected on 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) shots, including 12 3-pointers.
The Golden Eagles dominated inside, outscoring UNI, 34-18, in the paint and out rebounding them, 39-34. MU also scored 20 of its points off turnovers compared to the Patherns' nine.