Women's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Duke, 78-61
Nov. 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team fell to the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils 78-61 Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Senior Katie Young contributed her fourth double-double of the season, notching 21 points and tying a career-high with 13 rebounds. Young has recorded at least 20 points in MU's last two contests. Senior Katherine Plouffe put forth another strong effort, tallying 17 points and eight boards.
Sophomore point guard Brookyln Pumroy added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, along with four assists.
The first half was defined by a pair of runs for both Marquette and Duke. The Golden Eagles broke off a 10-0 run in the middle of the half, highlighted by 3-point baskets from junior Arlesia Morse and Young, to grab the lead at 19-16. The Blue Devils stormed back with a 9-0 run of their own, notching a 25-19 lead.
Duke held a lead as a large as 12 at one point in the first stanza, but MU narrowed the deficit to single digits at 33-24 to end the half thanks to a strong effort from Young. The Kenosha native had eight points and eight boards at the intermission, leading the Golden Eagles in each category respectively.
Young continued her effective play to start the second half, pouring in ten points in the half's first five minutes. MU narrowed Duke's lead to a mere seven points early in the half but that is as close as it came to the Blue Devils. Duke held an advantage as large as 18 points in the second frame.
The Blue Devils were paced by junior forward Elizabeth Williams who netted 23 points and sophomore guard Alexis Jones who added 19.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Nov. 29 when they head to the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev. MU will take on Tennessee Tech on Friday and Utah on Saturday. The game against Utah will be the first time Plouffe plays against her identical twin sister Michelle in her collegiate career.
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