Marquette Hosts St. John's on Wednesday Evening

Sarina Simmons needs just 14 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau

Feb. 19, 2013

Marquette Notes

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team concludes a short two-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. CT when the squad faces off against St. John's at the Al McGuire Center. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the game's action with James Bates (play-by-play) and Tammy Blackburn (analyst) on the call.

Marquette (12-13, 4-8 BIG EAST) dropped a 87-49 decision to No. 2/3 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon. Senior Sarina Simmons paced the Golden Eagles with a team-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. It was the third-straight game that Simmons has scored in double figures.

Sophomore Arlesia Morse dropped 11 points on the Fighting Irish, while junior Katherine Plouffe collected nine points, seven rebounds and dished out four assists.

St. John's (13-10, 7-4 BIG EAST) enters the game against MU riding a three-game winning streak, which includes victories over Georgetown, USF and Cincinnati. The Red Storm earned a 75-46 win against the Bearcats (Feb. 17) last time out.

After averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in St. John's wins at USF and against UC, Aliyyah Handford was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith lead the Red Storm's offense with 16. 9 and 12. 9 points per game, respectively.

Marquette owns a 7-2 advantage in the series history against St. John's. MU earned a 63-55 victory against the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 15, 2012 in the last meeting between the programs. Plouffe led three MU double-figure scorers with 18 points, while also grabbing 11 rebounds to post a double-double. The Red Storm have never won at the Al McGuire Center.

The Golden Eagles are entering the final stretch of the 2012-13 campaign. After the game against St. John's, MU will head to Providence (Feb. 26) and Georgetown (March 2), before concluding the regular season at home against Cincinnati on March 4.




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