Marquette Suffers 55-46 Setback Against Green Bay

Simmons led MU with 10 points

Dec. 8, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Senior Sarina Simmons was the lone player to tally double figures for the Marquette University women's basketball team as it fell to in-state rival Green Bay, 55-46, Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center 

Marquette (4-4) was led by Simmons, who finished the game with 10 points, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and four rebounds, while junior Katherine Plouffe tallied nine points, five rebounds and an assist. Sophomore Arlesia Morse and junior Katie Young each chipped in eight points.Green Bay (6-2) was led by senior Adrian Ritchie's game-high 17 points and redshirt senior Stephanie Sension, who contributed 14 points, four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.

The high-pressured Green Bay defense disrupted Marquette's offensive rhythm, holding the Golden Eagles to just 34.9-percent (15-of-43) shooting from the floor and forcing 26 MU turnovers. This was the first time this season that Marquette didn't have more than one player score in double figures.

The Phoenix were 20-of-53 (37.7-percent) shooting on the afternoon, with 26 of their points coming from high-percentage locations and 22 points coming off of turnovers.

Simmons recorded four of the Golden Eagles' first five points to jump start the Golden Eagles' offense, following a 9-1 run by the Phoenix to start the game. After a three-pointer by Adrian Ritchie that gave Green Bay a 12-7 advantage, Morse and Plouffe combined to score six-straight points to hand Marquette its first lead of the game, 13-12, with 10:33 to play in the first half.

The Phoenix aggressive play early on got them into foul trouble and put MU in the bonus with over 10 minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Marquette finished the half 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. However, the physical play paid off for Green Bay, nabbing six offensive rebounds.

Marquette countered Green Bay's 9-1 opening run with a 25-10 streak of its own to claim a 26-19 lead with 2:58 remaining in the opening half. Back-to-back layups by Kaili Lukan and Breannah Ranger trimmed Marquette's lead to 26-23 and sent the teams into the locker room.

Plouffe led all scorers at the break with seven points. Following intermission, the Phoenix came out of the locker room striking on the offensive end, scoring seven-straight points to reclaim the lead, 30-26. Simmons put an end to Green Bay's run at the 15:46 mark of the second half when she drilled one of her three long balls.

With Green Bay holding a one-point lead, 32-31, Simmons launched a deep three-point shot as the shot clock expired to give MU the lead again, 34-32, with 13:13 left to play in the game. It was the last time that the Golden Eagles would hold a lead, as the Phoenix reeled off 12-straight points and held the Golden Eagles scoreless over a 5:44 stretch to take a 46-32 lead with 7:26 remaining.

Green Bay has earned two consecutive victories in the in-state rivalry and now owns a 31-8 advantage all-time over the Golden Eagles. The loss was Marquette's first set back at the Al McGuire Center on the 2012-13 campaign.

Marquette will continue its five-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 15 when it welcomes Toledo to the Al McGuire Center for a 7 p.m. tip. The Golden Eagles will be hosting "We Back Pat" night at the game in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation. Join Marquette women's basketball slong with Pat Summitt at the game. Assistant coach Tyler Summitt will be speaking at haltime and MU will be selling "We Back Pat" t-shirts for $15.




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