Marquette to Host USF Tuesday Night
Feb. 13, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team returns home to host USF on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Al McGuire Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) on the call.
For the third straight game, Marquette will sport its pink uniforms in supports of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Play 4 Kay" initiative to help raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Play 4 Kay, formerly known as the Pink Zone, is in honor of the late Kay Yow, former NC State University head women's basketball coach. She served as the catalyst for Play 4 Kay after her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009.
Marquette (13-11, 4-7 BIG EAST) faltered for the fifth time in its last six contests on Sunday, Feb. 12, when it lost to No. RV/22 DePaul, 71-59, at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Freshman Arlesia Morse and sophomore Katherine Plouffe each scored double figures in the loss, while junior Sarina Simmons had 10 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for her eighth career double-double.
USF (13-13, 5-7 BIG EAST) snapped a four-game losing streak last weekend defeating Villanova, 54-39. Senior guard Jasmine Wynne leads the Bulls in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounds (5.8 rpg), while also averaging a league-best 2.8 steals per contest. Junior Kaneisha Saunders averages 10.7 points and leads the team in assists (2.8 apg).
This will be the 20th meeting between the two teams with the Golden Eagles holding a dominant advantage in the series history, 17-2. MU is 5-2 against the Bulls as members of the BIG EAST Conference, which includes Marquette's 61-55 victory over the Bulls last season.