Marquette Defeats South Dakota State 77-74 In Overtime

Guard Arlesia Morse led the way with 23 points in the win.

Nov. 28, 2012

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Sophomore Arlesia Morse and freshman Brooklyn Pumroyled the Marquette women's basketball team (3-2) on Wednesday evening in a 77-74 overtime victory over South Dakota State (3-4).

Morse recorded a season-high 23 points, while Pumroy tallied a career-best 17 at Frost Arena.

Morse shot 6-for-12, including four three-point baskets, while Pumroy shot 6-for-11 and also hit four shots from beyond the arc. She also had three steals.

"This arena is one of the toughest places to play," head coach Terri Mitchellsaid. "It was so loud in there and as much as you try to prepare your players for what they are coming in to, you could tell we were rattled in the first half, we got rattled again in the second half and then we calmed down. It was really great to see my freshman point guard grow up today. For her in her fifth collegiate game to be able to step up and hit some big baskets I thought was huge."

The Golden Eagles were tied with South Dakota State 62-62 with 3:02 left in regulation. Pumroy sank a trey with 1:30 left in the game for a 66-65 lead, but the Jackrabbits converted one of two free throw shots, which tied the game at 66 with 1:00 left to play. A missed 3-point basket from SDSU sent the game into overtime.

Junior Katie Younghit two shots from the charity stripe to open the overtime period with a 68-66 lead. Morse hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc and followed with two free throws, which extended the lead to 76-70 with 2:08 left in the period. A final free throw with 19 seconds left put the Golden Eagles in front, 77-74, and a missed jumper from the Jackrabbits with one second left, gave MU the victory.

Marquette shot 25-for-56 (44.6-percent) from the field and went 9-for-20 (45-percent) from three-point range. The Golden Eagles outrebounded SDSU 38-33.

The Golden Eagles got on the board first with a layup by junior Katherine Plouffe, but went scoreless for four minutes and let South Dakota State take a 10-2 lead. MU's offense got back in the game as sophomore Apiew Ojuluconnected on back-to-back jumpers, which closed the gap to 13-9 with 11:54 remaining in the half.

The Jackrabbits took a 21-20 lead at the 3:42 mark, but Marquette hit 5-for-6 shots and closed out the first half with a 12-3 run and went into halftime leading 32-24.

The Golden Eagles shot 50-percent in the first half connecting on 13-of-26 shots, including three from long range. They grabbed 19 rebounds in the stanza.

Plouffe pulled down a game-high 11 boards and tallied eight points with five steals. Classmate Katie Young grabbed seven boards, while senior Sarina Simmonstook down five with five points and two steals.

The Jackrabbits had four players score in double figures led by Ashley Eide with 21 points. Megan Waytashek posted 17.

Marquette will return home to the Al McGuire Center on Saturday, Dec. 1 to host Fordham. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.




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