Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play Against Syracuse on Saturday
Jan. 4, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team (8-5, 0-0) opens its eighth season of BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 5, hosting Syracuse (12-1, 0-0) at the Al McGuire Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports 32 with Steve "Homer" True and Kareeda Chones-Aguam on the call.
The Golden Eagles are 10-6 in conference lidlifters under head coach Terri Mitchell and have won six of the last eight contests. This will be the first time in two seasons that MU will open conference play home at the Al McGuire Center. Last season Marquette traveled to then-No. 3 Notre Dame to open BIG EAST play, and fell 95-42 in the contest.
MU is 16-9 all-time in conference openers (North Star; 1-2, Midwestern Collegiate; 2-1, Great Midwest; 3-1, Conference USA; 6-4, BIG EAST; 5-1).
The Golden Eagles are riding a four-game winning-streak after coming back from a 10-point halftime deficit on Wednesday to defeat Central Michigan, 78-74 on the road. Junior Katherine Plouffe led four players in double figure scoring with a career-high 24 points. She leads MU with 14.2 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
Syracuse is on a five-game winning-streak and has just one loss this season. The Orange's lone miscue was at Temple where they fell, 74-67. This will be the first road contest for Syracuse since that loss on Dec. 2. Kayla Alexander leads the squad with 19.5 points per game and 8.4 rebounds. She is the league's second leading scorer and ranks fifth in rebounding.
Saturday is the 12th all-time meeting between the Golden Eagles and Syracuse and the Orange own a 7-4 record, including a five-game winning streak. Marquette has not defeated Syracuse since Jan. 3, 2007 in a 79-55 victory at the Al McGuire Center.
Last season, the Golden Eagles fell at the Carrier Dome, 79-63 despite four players posting double figures. Arlesia Morse led the squad with 20 points.