Golden Eagles Defeat Loyola, 86-71
Nov. 17, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team, led by freshman Kenisha Bell's team-high 16 points, dispatched the Loyola Ramblers, 86-71 Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Monday's victory over Loyola will be a memorable one for first-year head coach Carolyn Kieger as it was her first career victory.
The Golden Eagles featured five players in double figures, receiving strong contributions from both frontcourt and backcourt players in an all-around effort. Along with Bell, Lauren Tibbs (14 points), Arlesia Morse (14), Tia Elbert (13) and Chelsie Butler (10) all recorded double-digit point efforts.
The redshirt junior forward, Tibbs , collected Marquette's first double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
After grabbing the momentum late in the first half Marquette never looked back. The Ramblers cut Marquette's lead down to six with 16:27, but Morse responded with a deep 3-point basket to put Marquette back in control. The Golden Eagles would not allow the Ramblers to narrow the deficit to less than eight points from that point forward.
Marquette finished shooting 48 percent from the field and out rebounded its opponent by 22. Along with Tibbs' strong rebounding, seniors Morse and Apiew Ojulu each collected eight boards apiece.
Loyola was led by Taylor Johnson, who scored a game-high 23 points.Destiny Washington chipped in with 14 points, while teammate Becca Smith added 11.
The Golden Eagles held a 42-32 lead at the half, thanks in large part to Tibbs' hot shooting and excellent work on the glass. Tibbs poured in 11 points in the first stanza alone, on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to go with six rebounds. After a 3-pointer from Loyola's Washington knotted the score at 24 all with 6:27 left to play, MU went on a run outscoring Loyola 18-8 to close out the half. Late in the first half, Bell produced a 6-0 scoring spree of her own, converting on a pair of lay ups and adding two from the free throw line.
Marquette opened the game 3-for-3 from behind the arc and knocked down four of its first six attempts from long distance, which jump started the Golden Eagles' 52 percent shooting from the field in the half.
Sophomore guard McKayla Yentz notched her first career start Monday against the Ramblers.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Nov. 21, when they travel to Wake Forest for a 5 p.m. Central time matchup in Winston Salem, N.C. Marquette then travels east on Tobacco Road for a tilt against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham on Sunday.
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