Second-Half Surge Leads Toledo Past Marquette, 82-71
Dec. 15, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Despite four players scoring in double figures, the Marquette University women's basketball team was not able to hold off a second-half surge by Toldeo Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center, falling 82-71 in non-conference action.
Marquette (4-5) was led by junior Katherine Plouffe, who tallied her third double-double of the season on 17 points and 10 rebounds to go along with her five steals. Arlesia Morse, Brooklyn Pumroy and Katie Youngeach notched 11 points on the evening. Pumroy also had a career-high four steals and tied a personal-best with six assists.
Toledo (8-1) shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) in the game, including 61.5 percent in the second half to help overcome an 11-point halftime deficit. Andola Dortch led all scorers in the contests with 24 points, while Naama Shafir and Inma Zanoguera tallied 17 and 11, respectively.
The Golden Eagles were 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the field on the night and managed to get to the free throw line to knock down 15 of their 23 attempts from the charity stripe. After going 4-of-6 from behind the three point line in the first half, MU went on a cold streak in the second, going 0-of-8 from deep.
After trailing 43-32 at the break, Toledo went on a 19-4 run in the early part of the second half to knot the contest at 51-51 with 13:31 left to play. It was a back-and-forth affair for the next six minutes until Dortch hit two free throws to give the Rockets a 64-62 lead with just over seven minutes remaining. MU never managed to regain the lead.
After a slow start to the game, Marquette got in a offensive rhythm and shot 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from the floor, and managed to chip in 10 points from the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes. Toledo shot just 38.7-percent from the field in the first half, including a 1-of-7 mark from behind the three-point line.
Morse and Pumroy each tallied nine first half points to help the Golden Eagles grab the lead heading into intermission. The Golden Eagles had a high-pressured offensive attack going in the first half, scoring 15 of their points off the fast break compared to Toledo's four.
Saturday evening's game was Marquette's "We Back Pat" night in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation's efforts against Alzheimer's. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt, along with her son MU assistant coach Tyler Summitt, addressed and thanked the Al McGuire Center crowd during halftime for their support and generous donations. "We Back Pat" t-shirts were available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Pat Summitt Foundation.
Marquette is in the midst of a season-long five-game homestand and will play its third consecutive game at the Al McGuire Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when it welcomes Navy for a Noon tip-off. The game will serve as an educational field trip for elementary and middle school students enrolled in the Milwaukee Public School System. Wednesday's afternoon game can be seen live on GoMarquette.com's multimedia platform, MUTube, with Kent Sommerfeld and Patrick Reed calling the action.