Marquette Falls 84-64 at No. 24 Texas A&M
Nov. 25, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Marquette University women’s basketball team closed out the Texas A&M Thanksgiving Classic falling, 84-64 to the No. 24-ranked Aggies on Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena.
Junior Katherine Plouffe led the Golden Eagles (2-2) with a season-best and game-high 18 points, while sophomore Arlesia Morse tallied 13 points, shooting 3-for-6 from the three point line, all of which came in the second half.
Morse and Plouffe were named to the all-tournament squad following the conclusion of the game.
“It was obvious their defensive pressure took us out of any offensive rhythm in the first half,” head coach Terri Mitchell said. “For the first couple of media timeouts we were hanging tough and we were fine, but it really caught up to us in that run of 17-1. It took the life out of us and obviously changed the whole ball game. We talked a lot in the second half about just fighting and playing for the future, not that you ever go into the game saying you aren’t going to win, but the game was pretty much in hand. They taught us a lot. We are turning the ball over too much; we know that and we are going to keep fighting.”
After falling behind in the first half, MU wasn’t able to overcome Texas A&M (3-3), but chipped into the Aggies lead in the second half. The Golden Eagles went on a 14-2 run over a two minute stretch, which closed A&M’s lead to just 14 points, 72-58. After a few missed shots, the Aggies went on a hot streak and outscored MU 12-6 to finish the game.
Marquette was narrowly edged in rebounding as the Aggies pulled down 40, while the Golden Eagles grabbed 37.
The Golden Eagles shot 25-for-60 (41.7 percent) from the field and hit four three-point baskets.
Plouffe gave MU its first lead, 9-8, after converting a layup at the 13:56 mark in the first half and sophomore Chesie Butler sank a jumper to tie the score at 20-20 with 7:06 remaining in the first.
After that shot, the Golden Eagles went on a scoring drought until Plouffe made a free throw with 23 seconds left in the half. Plouffe had a layup as time expired, but it came just moments after the buzzer and did not count.
Texas A&M was led by Kelsey Bone who tallied 17 points on Sunday, shooting 6-for-12 from the floor.
The Golden Eagles will conclude their four-game road trip on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as they travel to South Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.