Marquette Welcomes Green Bay in Season Opener Saturday

Apiew Ojulu is one of four seniors on this year's squad
Nov. 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team is set to open its 2014-15 season, when it hosts the Green Bay Phoenix for a 1 p.m. Central time tilt this Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Al McGuire Center. MU's battle against Green Bay will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via Fox Sports GO with Patrick Reed handling the play-by-play duties and Kyle Dlabay serving as the color commentator.

The Last Meeting
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December 8, 2012
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Suffers 55-46 Setback Against Green Bay
Senior Sarina Simmons was the lone player to tally double figures for the Marquette University women's basketball team as it fell to in-state rival Green Bay, 55-46, Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.

Marquette and BIG EAST women's basketball teams are doing their part to help the Lauren Hill Tribute Fund of the Cure Starts Now Foundation reach its goal of $100,000 raised. All 10 BIG EAST teams have selected a home game in which a portion of their revenue will be donated to the Lauren Hill fund, and MU has chosen this Saturday's home opener.

The Golden Eagles, led by first year head coach Carolyn Kieger, feature a complementary mix of youth and veteran experience with six underclassmen and five upperclassmen. Marquette will rely on some younger players in its backcourt, while its front court of seniors Apiew Ojulu, Chelsie Butler and Lauren Tibbs has a bevy of experience.

Senior guard Arlesia Morse, a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, looks to build off last year's campaign in which she averaged 11.5 points per contest. The Flint, Mich. native, has excelled in her ability to shoot from behind the arc, knocking down a team-best 49 triples. Morse, the team's leading returning scorer, has averaged over 11 points per game in all three of her seasons suiting up in the Blue and Gold.

Morse will be accompanied in the backcourt by fellow senior Cristina Bigica, sophomore McKayla Yentz and a trio of freshmen in Tia Elbert, Kenisha Bell and JeTaun Rouse, who will see action later on this season.

While MU will look to Morse to carry the load offensively, she will be provided assistance from a trio of young guards that has shown a tremendous ability to score at the high school level. Elbert and Bell, each were rated highly as prospects coming out of high school in 2014, while Rouse was a top 50 recruit in 2013 before taking a redshirt last season. Along with newcomers, Bigica, who has seen her scoring average rise in all three of her seasons at Marquette will provide leadership for the Golden Eagles.

Butler, Ojulu and Tibbs have appeared in combined 230 games during their respective Marquette careers, and will be the anchor of this year's unit providing experience and veteran play. Ojulu averaged 7.4 points per game last season, while grabbing a career-high 5.0 rebounds. Shantelle Valentine, the 6-3 forward who hails from Ontario, Canada, will have the opportunity to learn from the upperclassmen-laden group of frontcourt players.

Saturday's season lidlifter marks the debut head coach Kieger, who returns to campus after spending the past six seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Miami. Before moving onto the coaching ranks, Kieger starred at Marquette as a four-year starter and three-year captain and is currently MU's all-time assists leader.

Green Bay, fresh off its 16th consecutive Horizon League regular season title, was chosen as the favorite after compiling a 22-10 record last year. The Phoenix are paced by a pair of Preseason All-Horizon League talents in Kaili Lukan and Tesha Buck. Lukan and Buck each averaged double-figure point totals for Green Bay last season.

A slew of promotions will also occur for Marquette's matchup against Green Bay. Most importantly, Marquette will honor all veterans in attendance, as this past Monday marked Veterans Day. In addition to being honored before the game, veterans will receive free admission and any accompanying guests will receive a discount on entry. Marquette invites all of its campers to return to the Al McGuire Center Saturday, as part of its Camper Reunion Day. All returning campers will receive free admission. All fans in attendance will be handed a schedule magnet and Basketball Bingo will run throughout the game as fans will have a chance to win fantastic prizes. Saturday's halftime entertainment will be the Milwaukee Flyers, who are a high-flying youth acrobatic team. After the conclusion of the game, Marquette players will be available for an autograph session.

Season tickets for your 2014-15 Marquette women's basketball team are still available and can be purchased at or by contacting the ticket office at 414-288-GOMU.



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