Marquette Opens WNIT at Indiana State
March 19, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette University women's basketball team opens the first round of WNIT action on Thursday, March 20 at Indiana State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Central time at the Hulman Center.
The game will be streamed live, for free at www.gosycamores.com and livestats will be available as well.
Marquette (21-10) earned its second straight and ninth overall WNIT at-large bid on Monday evening. The selection into the 64-team field marks the 18th post-season appearance in program history for the Golden Eagles, who compiled a 21-10 overall record this season and went 11-7 in BIG EAST action. MU advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament this season before falling to DePaul. It is the 10th 20+ win season for the Golden Eagles and the 15th post-season appearance since head coach Terri Mitchell began her tenure at Marquette in 1996. MU is 13-8 all-time in WNIT/NWIT play. Marquette fell to Northern Iowa in the first round last year, 61-59.
The Golden Eagles have been led all season by senior duo Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young. Plouffe pours in 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while Young boasts 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Plouffe was an All-BIG EAST first team selection and the BIG EAST women's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She has recorded 13 double-doubles this season.
Indiana State enters the WNIT with a 20-10 overall record and went 14-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores were the No. 1 seed in their conference tournament but fell in the semifinals, which gave them the WNIT automatic bid. It is the second consecutive postseason appearance for Indiana State who is led by Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir with 14.3 points per game and Anna Munn averaging 12.2.
The winner will advance to face the winner of Indiana/Belmont on a date and location to be determined. That game is also being played Thursday evening.