Marquette Cruises To 66-44 Exhibition Victory Over Winona State

Forward Katherine Plouffe was 8-of-12 from the field en route to 24-point night.

Nov. 3, 2012

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The Marquette University women's basketball team opened the exhibition portion of its 2012-13 campaign with a 66-44 victory over Winona State Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Junior forward Katherine Plouffe led all scorers with 24 points and sophomore guard Arlesia Morsechipped in 14 points. The Golden Eagles held WSU to 27.9 percent shooting from the floor and forced 22 turnovers.

"It was a great opportunity for the team," head coach Terri Mitchell said. "It showed them what they need to work on and we are looking forward to practice tomorrow as we continue to try and get better."

The Golden Eagles scored the game's first seven points and never looked back. MU was clicking on both ends of the court in the first half. The team shot 54.8 percent from the floor and also turned 15 Winona State turnovers into 18 points. MU dominated play inside, outscoring the Warriors 28-0 in the paint, thanks in large part to Plouffe's 18 points prior to the intermission.

"It was good to see the team's starting point," Plouffe said. "We still have a lot of work ahead of us to reach our goal of a top-five BIG EAST finish. We will definitely be focusing defense, rebounding and transition on a consistent basis."

While both offensive attacks struggled from the floor in the opening minutes of the second half, Marquette was able to find its rhythm and pull away for a comfortable advantage midway through the stanza. The Golden Eagles were also aided by a defensive effort that held WSU scoreless for almost seven minutes, turning a 21-point lead into a 62-27 margin with just under seven minutes left.

Freshman guard Brooklyn Pumroyfinished with two points, two rebounds and four steals in her MU debut.

All but one of Marquette's active players saw action in the game. Freshman guard Ashley Santosdidn't play because of injury.

MU will wrap up its exhibition season Monday night at 7 p.m. CT when the team hosts UW-Parkside. Butler will visit campus on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the regular season opener for both schools.




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