MU Welcomes St. John's in Play4Kay Pink Game
Feb. 12, 2015
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team (6-18, 2-11) will host its 10th Annual Play 4Kay Game on Friday, Feb. 13, welcoming the St. John's Red Storm (16-7, 7-5) for an 8 p.m. Central time tilt at the Al McGuire Center. The team will be donning pink uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to support breast cancer awareness. Friday's contest will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 with Eric Collins on play-by-play and LaChina Robinson handling the analyst duties.
The Play 4Kay festivities begin with a pre-game beginner's yoga-session starting at 7:15. The yoga opportunity is open to those who have purchased a game ticket, and all skill and age levels are welcome to participate. Marquette women's basketball will also provide complimentary tickets to all breast cancer survivors and there will be an opportunity for on-court recognition for honorees. Also, $4 lower bench tickets will be offered for those who wear pink to the game. Marquette students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Marquette women's basketball.
The Golden Eagles look to win consecutive games for the first time since mid-December, as they knocked off Butler 77-74, in double overtime last time out in Indianapolis Feb. 8. Arlesia Morse poured in a team-high 18 points, shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Free throws proved to be the determining factor in the matchup as MU connected on 5-of-6 shots from the line down the stretch to hold off the host Butler. Freshman Kenisha Bell added 17 points for the Blue and Gold, while classmate Tia Elbert and senior Cristina Bigica each added 12.
After her perfect 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line against Butler, Morse has now made 41 consecutive free throws. The Flint, Michigan native, is the nation's best free throw shooter at 93 percent from the line (107-115). The team's leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, Morse, is averaging 20.0 per contest in her last three games.
St. John's also enters Friday's matchup after claiming a victory in its last outing, as the Red Storm defeated Providence, 70-49, in Queens on Feb. 8. SJU led for all but eight seconds in what was a dominant victory against the Friars, and its win snapped a three-game losing skid. St. John's, who ranks towards the top of the BIG EAST Conference in many defensive categories, also features one of the league's premier offensive talents in junior Aliyyah Handford. Handford leads in the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game, while teammate Amber Thompson grabs a league-best 11.1 rebounds per contest.
Despite facing just a two-point deficit at the half, Marquette dropped a 67-52 decision at St. John's on Jan. 18 in the last meeting between the squads. Morse was the lone Golden Eagle in double figures with 17, while SJU's Handford led all scorers with 25.
Marquette and St. John's have met 13 times over the years, with the Golden Eagles holding an 8-5 record.
After Friday's action against St. John's, Marquette welcomes Seton Hall for a 2 p.m. CT tip-off on Sunday Feb. 15. Sunday marks senior day for MU's four seniors, Morse, Bigica, Chelsie Butler and Apiew Ojulu. The four seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony as the take the floor at the Al McGuire Center for the last time in regular season action.
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