Marquette Tops Dartmouth, 70-52

Arlesia Morse connected on three-straight treys in the second half as MU pulled away.

Dec. 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Arlesia Morse's 19 points paced the Marquette University women's basketball team to a 70-52 victory over Dartmouth Thursday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

The Golden Eagles improve to 6-5 on the season and received 17 points from junior Katherine Plouffe in addition to Morse's game-high point total. Plouffe also added eight rebounds in the victory, while classmate Katie Young also notched eight boards as Marquette held a 52-25 rebounding advantage in the contest.

Dartmouth (1-9) has lost its last nine games after a season-opening 64-53 victory at Bryant on Nov. 10. Senior guard Faziah Steen and sophomore forward Abbey Schmitt led the Big Green with 11 points each while Tia Dawson added nine.

Plouffe converted a fast-break layup off a steal with 8:16 to play to give Marquette its largest lead of the contest at 56-32. Prior to Plouffe's basket, Morse connected on three-straight buckets from long range to give the Golden Eagles a 54-32 edge.

The Big Green used a 10-0 run to pull its deficit back to 14 at 56-42 before the Golden Eagles pulled away for good.

The Golden Eagles shot 43.1 percent from the floor (25-of-58) for the game, while Dartmouth shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56).

Marquette hit 11 of its first 18 shots on the evening before missing its next 16 shots, including its final 10 to end the opening half. The Big Green started the game 1-of-12 from the floor and shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) in the first stanza.

Both teams combined to hit just one of 13 3-pointers in the first with Dartmouth's seven attempts from deep proving fruitless.

Plouffe led the Golden Eagles to a 29-15 lead at the half with nine points, while Morse added eight and the game's lone trey in the first 20 minutes.

Marquette dominated the Big Green on the glass to the tune of a 31-10 advantage in the first half, including a 12-4 edge in offensive rebounds.

The game, previously scheduled for 7 p.m., was moved up to a 4 p.m. start with winter storm Draco bearing down on Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. against Loyola-Chicago at the Al McGuire Center. The game can be viewed live on with Kent Sommerfeld and Kyle Dlabay on the call.




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