Marquette Rallies to Defeat Vanderbilt, 82-77
Nov. 17, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Marquette women's basketball team (3-0) stormed back from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat Vanderbilt, 82-77, at Memorial Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. Senior Katherine Plouffe and sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy each sank free throws in the final seconds, which helped seal the victory.
Plouffe notched her third double double in as many games and led MU with 16 points and 11 boards. She led five Golden Eagles in double digits as Pumroy and junior Arlesia Morse each tallied 13, while classmate Cristina Bigica notched 11 points and senior Katie Young recorded 10.
MU stormed out of the second half trailing 11 points, with a 6-0 run to cut Vanderbilt's lead at 47-42 with 16:47 left in the game and extended the run to 9-0 after Morse forced a foul and completed the and-1, which cut the lead to 47-45. Pumroy sank a pair of free throws with 5:23 left in the game, which tied the score at 67. Bigica drew a foul on the end line and converted her foul shots to give the Golden Eagles their first lead, 69-67, since the 6:49 mark of the first half.
Morse sank a three from the right wing with just 2:02 left to play, which put MU in front, 74-73 and the Golden Eagles did not trail again in the game.
Marquette shot 25-for-56 (44.6 percent) from the field, including 52 percent in the second half, and converted 24-for-34 attempts from the foul line. The two teams combined for 63 fouls in the game.
There were five ties in the game's opening 15 minutes as Marquette and the Commodores stayed close in the first half. After a 29-29 tie at the 4:49 mark, Vanderbilt went on a 16-3 run and jumped ahead, 45-32 with just one minute left in the half. The Commodores connected on two free-throws in the final 30 seconds of the half and led 47-36 at the break.
Vanderbilt sank 24-for-26 from the free-throw line in the frame to account for just over half of their points. The Golden Eagles connected on 7-for-10 from the line.
Vandy's Christina Foggie led all scorers with 30 points and grabbed seven boards.
Marquette will return home for two games next week and host Central Michigan Thursday, Nov. 21, before welcoming No. 2 Duke to the Al McGuire Center, Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1.
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