Marquette Women Cruise Past New Orleans, 96-35
Nov. 29, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University rolled to a 96-35 victory Tuesday night over the University of New Orleans at the Al McGuire Center as the Golden Eagles women's basketball team dominated every facet of the game from the opening tipoff.
The monumental victory marked the 300th career win for MU head coach Terri Mitchell, who is now 300-174 all-time in her 16th season guiding the program and the winningest women's basketball coach in school history.
Having lost three of their last four, the Golden Eagles (4-3) were looking forward to getting back on the winning track following a 71-51 loss to Michigan in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam their last time out.
Paced by three players who recorded double-doubles Tuesday, Marquette scored the first 12 points of the contest en route to a 19-2 run to open the game while holding the Privateers (0-7) scoreless the first six minutes of play.
MU reached the half-century mark with its first basket of the second half, a layup by Arlesia Morse, to grab a 36-point lead. Morse led the Golden Eagles in scoring in the second half when she poured in 16 of her career-high 19 points.
The Golden Eagles controlled the boards by owning a 55-17 rebounding margin, including a 27-4 advantage on the offensive glass as MU outscored New Orleans 33-0 on second-chance points.
Katherine Plouffe and Ojulu posted career highs with 14 rebounds apiece while adding 16 and 21 points, respectively. Eleven of Ojulu's rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor. Butler had the team's third double-double of the evening with 12 points and a career high 11 boards.
Sarina Simmons, who did not start for Marquette, finished with seven points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Marquette's 96 points established a new Al McGuire Center scoring record, and the team's 61-point decision over the Privateers broke MU's previous record for largest margin of victory (56) that was set in 1993.
Marquette will continue its non-conference slate this Friday, Dec. 2 when Coach Mitchell and her squad head to Green Bay to take on the nationally ranked Phoenix (5-0). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time.
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