Marquette Set to Play at Providence on Tuesday
Feb. 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team (15-7, 6-5) returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 11, when it travels to Providence College for BIG EAST Conference action. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Central time at Alumni Hall.
Live streaming audio will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com for a fee.
The Golden Eagles suffered a setback at home in their most recent action, falling to Butler, 74-70. In what was a tale of two halves, Marquette hung around until the final seconds but what was unable to break through against Butler. Trailing 73-70 with seven seconds left in regulation, MU had a chance to draw even but was unable to convert. Senior Katie Young recorded her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing a career-high 15 boards.
Junior Arlesia Morse chipped in 16 points off the bench for MU, knocking down three 3 point baskets. Morse, who currently has 985 career points, looks to become just the 24th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
Senior forward Katherine Plouffe has been the stalwart of the Marquette offense all season long. The Edmonton, Alberta native's 17.6 points per game and 9.7 rebounds a contest both rank second in the BIG EAST Conference in each respective category. Plouffe leads a very strong rebounding unit for the Golden Eagles. MU is tops in the conference in terms of rebounding margin, grabbing a surplus of 13.8 rebounds per game, which also ranks second in the NCAA.
The Providence Friars (6-17, 1-11) are led by junior guard Tori Rule who averages 16.7 points per game, good for fourth in the league. The Friars fell to St. John's 85-55 in their most recent action despite holding a lead early in the first half. Junior Karin Robinson led PC with a game-high 21 points.
Marquette defeated Providence 87-79 on Jan. 21 when the Friars visited the Al McGuire Center. Plouffe paced MU with 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Plouffe, Morse, Young, Apiew Ojulu and Brooklyn Pumroy all registered double-digit point totals against PC. Freshman guard Sarah Beal poured in 27 points for Providence, including a 10-of-12 performance from the free throw line.
After Tuesday's contest against Providence, the Golden Eagles return home to host Xavier Saturday, Feb.15 at noon CT.