Marquette Survives Oral Roberts 79-71 in OT
Dec. 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team rallied from a 14-point first half deficit and survived for a 79-71 overtime victory over Oral Roberts on Wednesday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center during MU's annual Milwaukee Public Schools Day.
Junior guard Arlesia Morse led all players with a career-high 28 points for Marquette (8-2), while Cristina Bigica (11), Brooklyn Pumroy (10) and Katie Young (10) all reached double digits. Young also added 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
Marquette, which missed its first 13 field goal attempts of the afternoon, finished 36.7 percent (29-of-79) from the floor, while ORU shot 40.3 percent overall.
Oral Roberts (1-8) was paced by 19 points apiece from Dorottya Balla and Christian Key
MU used a 19-3 run to take its first lead of the game at 39-36 on a Morse 3-pointer early in the second half and extended its lead to 13 points at 63-50 with 3:48 remaining.
Oral Roberts staged a 14-1 run to close regulation capped by a Key jumper at the edge of the paint from about eight feet to tie the game with six seconds remaining.
MU dominated the extra period and outscored Oral Roberts 15-7 to claim its eighth win of the season.
Marquette trailed 34-25 at the half, while shooting just 23.1 percent from the floor, but held a 29-17 rebounding edge including a 16-0 advantage on the offensive glass. ORU shot 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the field in the first 20 minutes
Marquette struggled out to a 0-for-13 start to the game from the field as ORU led 13-1 roughly five minutes into the contest.
MU was able to remain within six until Oral Roberts' lead ballooned to 14 points (31-17) before the under-four minute media timeout in the first half. ORU used a 10-2 run to build that edge while MU shot 1-of-9 from the floor and committed four turnovers during that stretch.
Morse led all players in the first half with 11 points.
MU leading scorer Katherine Plouffe missed Wednesday's matinee while attending to a family matter back in Canada.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Al McGuire Center for a 7 p.m. tip against Denver.