Plouffe Leads Marquette to 59-51 Win Over South Dakota State

Plouffe scores two of her game high 20 points in Monday's win over South Dakota State.

Dec. 19, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Katherine Plouffe scored 16 of her game high 20 points in the second half as the Marquette University women's basketball team held on to defeat South Dakota State University by a final score of 59-51 Monday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Plouffe led three Marquette (7-5) players in double figures while shooting 7-of-9 from the field and added a game high eight rebounds. Ashley Eide paced SDSU (7-5) with 10 points.

The score was knotted 24-24 at halftime after a first half plagued by miscues for both sides.

Trailing 5-2 to open the game, the Golden Eagles used an 11-0 run to grab a 13-5 lead on a fast break layup by Apiew Ojulu, forcing South Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston to call his first timeout at the 12:29 mark.

The Jackrabbits responded immediately with a 3-pointer by Jill Young to snap nearly a six-minute scoring draught. SDSU tied it up moments later at 17-17 on an outside basket by Tara Heiser, and both teams traded points the last seven minutes of the half, which was marred by a combined 24 turnovers and poor free throw shooting.

Marquette's efforts from the charity stripe improved greatly in the second half, finishing 17-of-24 as a team from the foul line following a 4-of-10 start. SDSU managed to get to the free throw line just once in the first half but finished 8-of-14.

Plouffe scored seven straight points early in the second half to give the Golden Eagles a 34-27 advantage, and her layup at the 7:43 mark extended the margin to 12 points, MU's largest lead of the game.

SDSU was able to get it back to within single digits on a couple of occasions down the stretch, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer that was banked in by Megan Stuart, who had eight points.

Jackrabbits starting senior forward Jennie Sunnaborg fouled out for SDSU with 1:52 remaining in the game. Ojulu also fouled out for Marquette, chipping in 10 points, followed by teammate Sarina Simmons who posted 14 points and matched a personal career best with six of the Golden Eagles' 12 steals.

Marquette's last game before the Christmas holiday will be at home this Wednesday, Dec. 21 against Vermont. Tip-off is set for noon Central Time as the Golden Eagles celebrate their annual Milwaukee Public Schools Day at The Al.




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