MU's Second Half Comeback Leads to 72-65 Victory
Nov. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- A second half surge leads the Marquette women's basketball team (6-1) to a 72-65 victory over Utah on Saturday to conclude the Golden Eagles' stint in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.
Juniors Arlesia Morse and Cristina Bigica combined to hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute of the game, which helped seal the victory for MU. Senior Katherine Plouffe led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Katie Young notched her fifth double double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards. Morse recorded 11 points, hitting five-for-six from the free throw line.
MU shot 37.5 percent (24-for-64) from the field and sank six shots from long range in the game and finished with 39 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles stormed into the second half with a 12-6 run to take a 41-36 lead at the first media timeout with 15:53 remaining. MU continued its offensive drive and led 53-45 at the 7:52 mark.
Marquette trailed Utah for much of the first half, and was down 26-20 with 2:38 left in the frame. Following the final media timeout the Golden Eagles closed out the half with a 9-4 run with six points from Plouffe and a three-point shot from Young.
MU shot 32.4 percent (11-for34) from the field in the half and owned a slight rebounding advantage, 23-20 at the break.
Plouffe's twin sister Michelle Plouffe led Utah with 18 points, including three from beyond-the-arc, which put the Utes right back in the game late in the second half. Danielle Rodriguez posted 13 points for Utah.
Marquette will have one week off and return home to host in-state rival Wisconsin Saturday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.