Golden Eagles Drop Season Opener, 94-66
Nov. 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team dropped its season opener 94-66 to Green Bay, Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Arlesia Morse led the Golden Eagles with 16 points, scoring 14 of them in the second half. Kenisha Bell, suiting up for the first time in the collegiate ranks, played aggressively all afternoon getting to the free throw line 16 times and tallying 15 total points. In addition to her offensive excellence, Bell contributed on the defensive end as well, collecting two blocks and two steals.
Green Bay, shooting 58 percent from the field, featured five players in double figures in its victory over MU. Freshman Allie LeClaire led the Phoenix with 15, while Mehnryn Kraker and Ellen Edison each netted 13 points, respectively.
Senior center Chelsie Butler contributed nine points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
Green Bay shot at a 67 percent clip from the field in the second half and converted on 57 percent of its 3-pointers in the second segment. Marquette also improved across the board in the second half, registering a better percentage in free throws, 3-pointers and field goals, but ultimately was unable to keep up with Green Bay's offensive attack.
MU attempted nearly twice as many free throws as its opponent, earning 47 trips to the line compared to Green Bay's 23.
After the first 20 minutes of play, the Golden Eagles trailed 41-25. Bell knocked down a free throw at the 5:46 mark to narrow the deficit to just three points at 23-20. Green Bay would then employ an 18-5 run heading into the half. The first half was much closer than the box score would indicate, with three lead changes and two ties in the first stanza. Ojulu paced Marquette offensively, totaling seven points and four rebounds to lead MU in each respective category. The Phoenix featured nine players first half scorers, with Leclaire leading the bunch with 11 first half points. Green Bay did most of its damage from close range, outscoring MU 28-4 in the paint.
Along with Bell, freshmen Tia Elbert, Shantelle Valentine and Hannah Grim all made their respective regular season debuts for Marquette, while head coach Carolyn Kieger kicked off her career as head coach of the Blue and Gold.
With Saturday's win, Green Bay now moves to 32-8 all time in matchups against Marquette.
The Golden Eagles return to action Monday, Nov. 17 when they host Loyola-Chicago for a 7 p.m. Central time tilt, concluding a two-game homestand at the Al McGuire Center.
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