Golden Eagles Fall to the Badgers 62-60
Dec. 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE- The victor in the annual match-up between the Marquette women's basketball team and the University of Wisconsin was decided in the final seconds of play at the Al McGuire Center as Wisconsin (6-2) defeated the Golden Eagles (6-2), 62-60 on Saturday evening.
Senior Katherine Plouffe led the crusade with 16 points and 10 rebounds, earning her fifth double-double of the season. Six of the seven Golden Eagles that scored tallied most or all of their points in the second half of play. Sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy dished out a career-best 10 assists in the game.
As a squad, Marquette shot 6-11 (54.5 percent) from the free-throw line. MU also out-rebounded Wisconsin 47-43, and finished the night shooting 34.7 percent from the field.
In the first half, both teams were even keel, shooting around 30 percent. Katie Young accounted for all her 11 points in the frame, but Wisconsin finished ahead 29-23 going into the break. Seven of the Badgers' points came off of MU turnovers.
The Golden Eagles started the second half strong, going on a 9-0 run in the first three minutes. Pumroy nailed a three to put Marquette in its first lead of the game since the first five minutes of play. Arlesia Morse netted two three's in a row off a MU timeout, and finished with eight points. Plouffe accounted for 12 of her points in the half, with six coming in the final two minutes to put the Golden Eagles within one.
Apiew Ojulu tied the game off a free throw with 23 seconds left, but then failed to make number two. The Badgers responded by running down the court and making the final bucket with three seconds left of play.
In the last three match-ups between the in-state rivals, the final score has been determined by three points or less. Last year, the Badgers outlasted the Golden Eagles by three and the year before, Marquette won by two.
Marquette's next matchup will be against UW-Milwaukee on December 15 at 1 p.m. CT.