Marquette Women's Basketball Falls to Georgia Tech, 74-63

Sarina Simmons finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks Saturday.

Nov. 19, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Georgia Tech (3-0) handed the Marquette University women's basketball team its first loss of the 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon, defeating the Golden Eagles (2-1) by a final score of 74-63 in non-conference action at the Bradley Center.

Marquette's Sarina Simmonswas impressive yet again, finishing with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including nine rebounds and five blocks to match a career high. In the end, however, MU was unable to overcome 18 second-half turnovers.

The Yellow Jackets, who started out by hitting 10 of their first 15 shots from the field, shot a scorching 55.6 percent from the floor in the first half led by 11 points each from Metra Walthour and Tyaunna Marshall, while outscoring MU 20-12 in the paint.

Marquette grabbed a 23-22 advantage on a 3-point basket by Arlesia Morse at the 7:50 mark, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 10-2 run capped off by back-to-back fast break layups prompting MU head coach Terri Mitchell to call a 30-second timeout.

Marquette slowly chipped away at the Jackets' margin led by Sarina Simmons who scored six straight points during a 52-second stretch late in the first half and Katherine Plouffe knocked down an 8-foot jumper to allow the Golden Eagles to pull ahead 37-36 with one minute, 16 seconds remaining.

The Jackets went back on top after a basket by Marshall and only led by one point at halftime, 38-37, after leading by as many as nine in the first stanza.

Georgia Tech opened the second half using an 11-2 run to extend its lead to double digits for the first time, 49-39. The Jackets led by as many as 14 on a couple of occasions but Marquette refused to go away, cutting the deficit to seven points with 4:49 left on Simmons' second 3-pointer of the afternoon.

Simmons of was one of three Golden Eagles to score in double figures, followed by Plouffe and Apiew Ojulu who pitched in 14 points apiece. Georgia Tech was led by 19 points from Marshall and 18 by Walthour.

On another note, both coach Terri Mitchell and Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph coached barefoot on the sidelines during Saturday's game in support of Soles for Jesus, a non-profit corporation that provides new and gently used shoes to people in impoverished areas of Africa.

It also marked the first time that the Marquette women's basketball team has played at the Bradley Center since the 2007-08 season. The game was moved due to MU hosting the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship this weekend on campus at the Al McGuire Center.

The Golden Eagles now head to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam, a three-game tournament that runs Nov. 24-26. MU opens against Washington State at 7 p.m. Central time on Nov. 24 before taking on Prairie View A&M (Nov. 25) and Michigan (7 p.m.).

Mitchell (298-171 all-time) is just two wins shy of her 300th career victory as head coach of the Golden Eagles.




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