Marquette Set to Host Xavier Saturday
Feb. 13, 2014
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team (16-7, 7-5) returns home for the first of two-consecutive home games, when it hosts conference foe Xavier (8-16, 3-9), Saturday, Feb. 15 at Noon Central time at the Al McGuire Center on National Marquette Day.
Saturday's matchup marks National Marquette Day, a global celebration of the Marquette family which began in 1992. Come join the Marquette women's basketball team as they kick off the day of festivities at the Al McGuire Center. Fans will receive free admission to the women's game with the presentation of a ticket to the men's basketball game. All students in attendance at the women's game will be entered to win VIF SEATS at the men's game and will be given a free rally towel. After the game, a free shuttle to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the men's game at 3 p.m. CT will be provided. All students in attendance will also receive free food after the Marquette women's contest against Xavier.
The Golden Eagles traveled to Providence in their most recent action on Tuesday, Feb.11, ousting the Friars 71-62. Despite a slow start, MU remained in control throughout most of the contest leading by as many as 15 in the second half. Senior forward Katherine Plouffe notched her ninth double double of the season, scoring 16 points and adding 10 boards. Senior classmate Katie Young fell just short of a double double herself, contributing nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Junior sharpshooter Arlesia Morse knocked down three 3 point baskets en route to her team-high 18 points. Against PC, Morse converted four-straight free throws, which were MU's final four points, and became the 24th player in program to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau.
Xavier dropped a road contest to Georgetown its last time out, falling to the Hoyas 66-58. Sophomore Briana Glover led the Musketeers with a team-high 15 points. Fellow sophomore Aliyah Zantt chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. XU features three players who average at least 10 points per contest, with Shatyra Hawkes leading the way at 13.9 points per game.
Marquette and Xavier met on Jan.11 in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Marquette claiming a 73-67 victory over the Musketeers at their home court. Morse sank a key 3 pointer with under a minute left to give MU a 70-67 lead, and sophomore point guard Brooklyn Pumroy sealed the deal with three late free throws. The Golden Eagles shot 56.4% in their victory.
After its contest against Xavier, Marquette concludes its two-game home stand when it hosts DePaul (19-5, 10-2) on Tuesday, Feb.18 at 7 p.m. CT at the Al McGuire Center.