Marquette Tops Butler In Season-Opener, 73-62
Nov. 10, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Four different members of the Marquette University women's basketball team tallied double-digit point performances to help the Golden Eagles cruise to a 73-62 victory over Butler in both squads' season-openers Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette has won its last 10 season-opening contests and is now 24-14 all-time when kicking-off the season.
The Golden Eagles shot 47.3 percent from the field, with sophomore guard Arlesia Morse leading the way with 16 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists. Juniors Katherine Plouffe (11 points) and Katie Young (10 points) and senior Sarina Simmons (13 points) each had an impact on the offensive end for MU.
Butler sophomore guard Taylor Schippers led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while junior forward Daress McClung chipped in a double-double scoring 19 points and bringing down 10 rebounds.
After a turnover-plagued start to the game for both teams, Marquette began to settle into an offensive rhythm going on a 12-2 run and pulling ahead to a double-digit lead, 16-5. The Bulldogs responded with a run of their own and cut the deficit to 16-12 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half.
Marquette never trailed in the game and the four point margin was as close as the Bulldogs would come to catching the Golden Eagles, who held a commanding lead throughout the remainder of the contest.
Young came off the bench and provided the Golden Eagles with an offensive spark, scoring seven-straight points to extend MU's lead to 12. Marquette's bench was a difference maker in the opening twenty minutes, outscoring Butler's bench 15-0 and helping MU take a 37-29 lead into the break.
Butler scored 18 of its 29 first half points in the paint, with McClung and Schippers each chipping in 10 points.
After scoring the first four points of the game, Simmons was held in check until knocking down a jumper to score MU's first points of the second half. Simmons finished the night five of seven from the field, with six rebounds and two assists.
Three consecutive three pointers from Young, Morse and junior Gabi Minix gave Marquette its largest lead of the game, 69-51, with four minutes left in the contest. The Golden Eagles shot 47.1 percent from behind the arc, knocking down eight of 17 from long distance.
Minix dished out 10 assists in the victory, while also forcing two turnovers. Marquette forced 18 Butler turnovers in the contest and scored 16 points off the miscues.
The Golden Eagles will now take to the road for a four-game road swing, beginning with a match-up at Georgia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Atlanta, Ga. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. CT.