Marquette Rolls to 88-55 Win over UW-Parkside in Exhibition Finale
Nov. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE – Junior forward Katherine Plouffe scored a game-high 24 points for the second straight contest as the Marquette University women’s basketball team ended its exhibition season with an 88-55 win over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
"These two exhibition games have showed us we have a lot of areas to focus on as we head into the regular season," Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell said. "It is good as we look to round out our rotation by trying different lineups and Saturday we will take the next step against Butler. Have we figured it all out? No. But we are closer because of the exhibition contests we have played."
The Golden Eagles, who open the regular season Saturday at the Al McGuire Center against Butler, shot 52.2 percent from the floor (36-of-69) and received 18 points from sophomore Apiew Ojulu and 15 from classmate Arlesia Morse, in addition to Plouffe’s 24.
"The exhibition games get us used to playing with each other on the court," Plouffe said. "We need to work on our defense, especially because there will be a lot of quicker guards and bigger posts, so we are just going to have to defend as a team."
Senior guard Sierra West led the Rangers with 15 points in the contest as Parkside hit just six of 26 shots in the second half to finish with a field goal percentage of 36.2 percent.
The Golden Eagles dominated UWP down low, holding a 56-26 advantage in points in the paint and a 51-25 rebounding edge.
The Rangers chipped away at the MU lead at the end of the first stanza, scoring the final 13 points to cut what was once a 24-point Marquette lead into a 48-37 halftime deficit.
Parkside went ice cold to begin the second half as MU limited UWP to 1-of-9 shooting from the field with four turnovers as the Golden Eagles rebuilt a 20-point advantage out of the break. MU outscored the Rangers 40-18 in the second half.
Marquette used a 14-0 run early in the first half to jump out to a 23-6 lead to begin the game. The final seven points in that stretch came from Plouffe, who shot 8-of-11 from the floor in the opening frame with a team-high 18 points. Ojulu added 11 points in the first for the Golden Eagles, who shot 55.6 percent (20-of-36) as a team.
MU received eight assists in the first half from Gabi Minix, while the squad recorded 16 assists on its 20 first half field goals.
The Golden Eagles topped Parkside 76-43 in the last meeting between the two squads, an exhibition contest on Nov. 6, 2010 at the Al McGuire Center.
Plouffe led Marquette in its first exhibition contest Saturday evening with 24 points against Winona State.
The Golden Eagles kick off the regular season Saturday, Nov. 10 against Butler at the Al McGuire Center. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be viewed live on GoMarquette.com’s all-access player, MUTube, with Kent Sommerfeld and Kyle Dlabay on the call.