No. 5 Marquette Set to Face No. 4 Villanova
March 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE--The No.5 seeded Marquette University women's basketball team (20-9, 11-7) is set to take on No.4 seed Villanova (22-7, 12-6 ) in the BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Central time at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
The Golden Eagles finished up conference play with a record of 11-7, while Villanova finished tied with Creighton for third in the BIG EAST with a record of 12-6.
Two of MU's seven conference losses came at the hands of the Wildcats, including an 81-64 loss on in its most recent action on March 4 at Villanova. In the last meeting of the two squads, sophomore guard Brooklyn Pumroy scored a team-high 13 points, while junior Arlesia Morse chipped in 12 points off the bench. Senior forward Katherine Plouffealso added 11 points for MU. Marquette was unable to overcome Villanova's hot shooting. The Wildcats shot a blistering 59.2 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from beyond the arc. Junior forward Emily Leer and senior guard Devon Kane each poured in 23 points for VU.
Villanova escaped with a 63-61 victory in Milwaukee on Dec. 31. Despite a six point lead at the half, Marquette was unable to fend off the pesky Wildcats. Katie Young, Apiew Ojulu, Plouffe and Pumroy all scored in double digits for the Golden Eagles, while Villanova's Caroline Coyer led all scorers with 20.
Sunday's action features the league's top rated defense in Villanova (57.6 points per game) and the league's second ranked offense in Marquette (73.9 points per game).
Fans interested in making the trip on Sunday can purchase a bus ticket and game ticket combo for just $40. The fan bus will leave from the Al McGuire Center at 5:30 p.m. CT on Sunday. Fans who have already purchased game tickets can purchase a bus ticket for $20. Bus tickets can be purchased at http://go.mu.edu/1cvuvHS. Students interested in attending Sunday's match will receive free tickets and a free bus ride.
With a win against the Wildcats, Marquette would advance to the semi-finals to take on the winner of No. 1 DePaul and No. 8 Georgetown/No. 9 Xavier on Monday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m.