Marquette Rolls Past Loyola, 77-61
Dec. 29, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Arlesia Morsehad a career-high 25 points and personal-best 10 rebounds to lead the Marquette University women's basketball team to its third-straight victory by beating Loyola Chicago, 77-61, Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (7-5) had a pair of players record double-doubles in Morse and junior Katherine Plouffe (10 points, 10 rebounds), while redshirt freshman Lauren Tibbschipped in a career-high 12 points off the bench.
Loyola (4-7) was led by Monica Albano, who had a team-high 19 points, and Simone Law, who scored 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. The Ramblers were 21-of-63 (33.3 percent) from the floor and shot 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from behind the arc.
MU reeled off a 26-10 to begin the second half due in large part to significant contributions from the bench, which outscored the Ramblers' 28-17. Along with Tibbs' 12 , sophomore Chelsie Butler collected six points and six rebounds, while junior Katie Younghad 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Golden Eagles were dominant on the boards, collecting a season-high 59 rebounds in the contest. MU took advantage of its 27 offensive rebounds by scoring 31 second chance points compared to Loyola's five.
As a team, Marquette shot 41.4 percent (29-of-70) in the contest.
Marquette used a 15-0 run early in the first half to help the Golden Eagles jump out a 19-4 advantage. Albano helped the Ramblers get right back in the contest by scoring eight-straight points on a 12-0 run by Loyola to pull within three, 19-16, with 10:33 remaining.
Morse scored nine-straight points for Marquette in the final minutes of the first half to put the Golden Eagles ahead, 39-31, at the break. The sophomore guard had 16 points and five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes of action.
Marquette returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. Central Time, when it travels to battle Central Michigan. The contest with the Chippewas marks the Golden Eagles' last non-conference game of the 2012-13 campaign and the first time since Dec. 5 that the squad has played away from the Al McGuire Center.