Northern Kentucky Tops Marquette 77-68
Dec. 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE- Despite a second half offensive surge, the Marquette University women's basketball team fell 77-68 to Northern Kentucky Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette was led offensively by Kenisha Bell who registered a career-high 25 points, including 15 second half scores. Shantelle Valentine also accompanied Bell in double figures, as she added career highs in points with 11 and rebounds with nine in her first career collegiate start. Tia Elbert added 11 points for MU.
The freshmen trio of Bell, Valentine and Elbert combined for nearly 70 percent of Marquette's total offensive output against the Norse.
The Golden Eagles would cut Northern Kentucky's lead to just one with seven minutes to play at 58-57, but that was as close as they would get as they ultimately could not fend off the Northern Kentucky offensive attack.
Northern Kentucky was led by junior guard Christine Roush who poured in a game-high 29 points, hitting five three-pointers. NKU's leading scorer Melody Doss added 16, connecting on four three-pointers and snagging 11 boards.
At the half Marquette faced a 14 point deficit as it trailed Northern Kentucky 42-28 at the intermission. The Norse jumped out to a 9-2 advantage, converting on their first three attempts from beyond the arc. Three-point shooting would be a key statistic in the game's first 20 minutes, as NKU would net six three-point basket compared to MU's one. The Golden Eagles were paced by the efforts of Bell, who contributed 10 points in the first half. Valentine tallied seven points and four boards in the first half.
Along with Bell's offensive outburst, she was also an instrumental part of Marquette's defense, notching a career-high eight steals. Cristina Bigica scored a season-high nine points and collected four rebounds for MU.
The Golden Eagles outscored Northern Kentucky in the paint 40 to 30, and excelled in transition outscoring NKU 20 to 11 in fast break points.
Marquette returns to action Thursday, Dec. 18 when it hosts SEC foe Vanderbilt for a Noon Central time tilt at the Al McGuire Center.
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