Marquette Defeats Creighton, 73-71
March 1, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team (20-8, 11-6) defeated the Creighton Bluejays, 73-71 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Junior sharpshooter Arlesia Morse nailed a pair of crucial 3 pointers in the final minute to propel Marquette to a critical victory over the Bluejays. With 12 seconds left in regulation, Creighton had a chance to tie or take the lead, but junior guard Sammy Jensen failed to connect on a long 3 point attempt as time expired. Fittingly, senior foward Katherine Plouffe grabbed the final rebound as the clock struck zeros.
In her final regular-season game in front of the Marquette faithful Plouffe did not disappoint, pouring in 33 points, tying a career high. The Edmonton, Alberta native knocked down 13 of her 20 attempts from the field, including a career-high three 3 point baskets. Fellow senior Katie Young grabbed eight boards for the Golden Eagles in her final game at the Al. Senior Courtney Thomas played seven minutes grabbing one rebound for the blue and gold.
Morse totaled 14 points, including the aforementioned two crucial 3 pointers she converted down the stretch. Sophomore point guard Brooklyn Pumroy orchestrated the Marquette offensive very effectively all game, dishing out a career-high 12 assists, along with nine points and 5 rebounds.
Creighton (18-11, 12-5), had three players score at least 20 points. Senior guard McKenzie Fujan led the way with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Senior forward Sarah Nelson and sophomore guard Marissa Janning each tallied 20 points respectively.
Head coach Terri Mitchell and the Golden Eagles have now recorded their first 20 win campaign since the 2010-11 season.
The Golden Eagles shot a blistering 56.5% from the field in the second half, including a 57.1% performance from behind the arc.
MU has now taken down two-consecutive teams that are within the RPI top 50, with St. John's No. 21 and Creighton No. 50.
The Golden Eagles held a 33-32 lead at the half thanks in part to a strong showing from Plouffe who had an impressive line of 11 points, three assists and three rebounds at the break. The first half featured eight lead changes, and neither team held a lead larger than six points. Fujan had the hot hand early on for the Bluejays, notching nine points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.
Seniors Plouffe, Thomas and Young were honored in a post-game ceremony following the victory.
The Golden Eagles finish up their BIG EAST Conference regular season when they head to Villanova on Tuesday, March 4 for a 6 p.m. Central time tip.