Marquette Defeats Vermont 71-60 In Front of Sellout Crowd

Freshman Apiew Ojulu poured in a career high 25 points Wednesday afternoon in MU's win over the Catamounts.

Dec. 21, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team defeated Vermont 71-60 Wednesday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center in front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 on Milwaukee Public Schools Day.

In a rare weekday matinee, Marquette raced out to an 18-5 lead after a basket by Sarina Simmonsforced Vermont's second timeout five minutes into the first half. The Catamounts then went on a 6-0 run, including a basket by Lauren Buschmann at the 12:49 that cut the deficit to half at 18-9.

Vermont forward Kayla Burchill hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Catamounts to within two points, 21-19, and Buschmann tacked on a pair of free throws to tie it up at 21-21 just over the midway point of the half.

Freshman Arlesia Morseknocked down a couple 3-pointers to extend MU's lead to 31-23. However, the Catamounts used a 10-0 run that was capped off by Tierra Shumpert's 3-point basket to give Vermont its first lead of the game, 33-31, at the 2:54 mark.

Marquette led the Catamounts 35-33 at the half. Point guard Gabi Minix, who finished with a collegiate high 11 points, surpassed her previous personal best with 10 points in the opening stanza to lead the Golden Eagles, who also got 10 first-half points from freshman center Apiew Ojulu.

Following two lead changes and five ties in the second half, the Golden Eagles went ahead for good 49-47 at the 11-minute mark paced by sophomore forward Katherine Plouffewho tallied eight straight points. MU then pulled away with a 7-2 run that was highlighted by nine consecutive points by Ojulu, giving MU a 56-51 advantage.

Ojulu finished with a game- and career high 25 points. She shot 6-of-10 from the field and 13-of-19 from the foul line, while combining with Plouffe to score 28 of the Golden Eagles' 36 points in the second half.

MU grabbed a 62-53 lead following a steal and fast-break layup by Morse with 4:30 to play, and the team never looked back en route to its third straight non-conference win.

Plouffe was three assists away from a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven helpers. Morse added 11 points for the Golden Eagles. Buschmann's 21-point effort led the way for the Catamounts (6-5).

Marquette was able to do most of its damage on the glass with 17 offensive boards and owned a 24-5 margin on second-chance points.

Simmons posted a team high eight defensive rebounds, but had a less-than-stellar day shooting the ball, starting out 1-of-10 from the field. She ended up with five points, a pair of blocks and three steals.

With the victory, head coach Terri Mitchelland Marquette improved to 7-0 this season at the Al McGuire Center. MU (8-5) will hit the road for the first time since Dec. 7 when the Golden Eagles travel to Toledo for an 11 a.m. CT tilt against the Rockets.




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