MU Falls, 75-72 to Lewis in Exhibition

Freshman Kenisha Bell
Nov. 9, 2014

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MILWAUKEE-- Chelsie Butler's three point attempt at the buzzer fell short, as the Marquette University women's basketball team fell 75-72 to the Lewis Flyers Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center in exhibition action.

After trailing by four with just 8.4 seconds to play, freshman Kenisha Bell connected on a clutch, step-back three pointer to cut the deficit to one at 73-72. The Golden Eagles then fouled Lewis's Jess Reinhart to send her to the line. Reinhart connected on both tries from the stripe, giving Lewis a three point edge. With zero timeouts remaining, freshman guard Tia Elbert drove the length of the court and found Butler for a deep three point attempt that narrowly missed the mark.

Bell was one of four Golden Eagles to record double-digit point totals, scoring a team-high 23 points and notching five steals. Veteran front court players, Lauren Tibbs and Apiew Ojulu, each notched double-doubles for MU. Tibbs finished with 10 points and a game-high 13 boards, while Ojulu collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Elbert dished out a game-high seven assists and registered 13 points.

Marquette and Lewis battled all evening long as the game saw 11 leads changes and 11 ties. MU held the largest lead of the afternoon when they led the Flyers by seven with 17:57 to play in the first.

Reinhart paced Lewis, scoring a game-high 24 points and colleting 10 rebounds.

Sunday's contest marked the debut of first year head coach Carolyn Kieger, who returns to campus after spending the past six seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Miami.

Hannah Grim, Shantelle Valentine, Bell and Elbert all made their collegiate debuts, sporting the Marquette Blue and Gold for their first time. Kieger featured a pair of freshman in her debut starting line up with Bell and Elbert each receiving the nod. Bell and Elbert helped Marquette push the tempo of the game and were impressive in their debuts.

At the half Marquette held a 37-33 advantage over Lewis. The lead alternated six times in the first half.After trailing by three with just 52 seconds to play in the first half, senior Apiew Ojulu scored to give Marquette a 34-33 lead. Ojulu would connect on three free throw attempts in the final seconds of the first stanza to give the Golden Eagles the edge heading into the half.Bell, the freshman, led all scorers at the intermission with 13 points. Ojulu notched eight first half points, while Elbert chipped in with seven tallies.

With victories over Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois and Marquette, Lewis has now opened its season with three victories over Division I institutions. Lewis is currently ranked No. 9 in the Division II rankings.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Nov. 15 when they officially open their regular season against Green Bay. Game time against the Phoenix is slated for 1 p.m. Central time at the Al McGuire Center.




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