Marquette Hits the Road for Two Games this Weekend
Nov. 20, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- Fresh off her first-career, head coach Carolyn Kieger leads the Marquette University women's basketball team (1-1) to Wake Forest (2-0), Friday for a 5 p.m. Central time showdown with the Demon Deacons.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) concluded their season-opening two-game homestand with an 86-71 triumph over the Loyola Ramblers Monday night. Marquette came out of the gates with some hot shooting against Loyola, knocking down its first three attempts from beyond the arc and four of its first six. The Golden Eagles set the tone early on, carrying a 10 point advantage into the intermission after shooting 51.7 percent in the first half. MU held a steady lead for most of the contest, never allowing Loyola to get the score within eight points. Freshman guard Kenisha Bell paced the Blue and Gold offensively, topping her previous high of 15 points with 16 against Loyola. Bell was accompanied by Chelsie Butler, Tia Elbert, Arlesia Morse and Lauren Tibbs in double figures. Tibbs scored 14 points and provided excellent glass work collecting 14 rebounds, thus notching Marquette's first double-double of the season.
Wake Forest has opened its 2014-15 campaign 2-0, after it knocked off Longwood and Tennessee Tech to open its season. In its most recent action against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Wake Forest recorded an 89-62 victory. The Demon Deacons featured four players in double figures, including senior Dearica Hamby who recorded her 26th career double-double. Hamby was selected as an All-ACC Preseason performer this season and has averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in Wake's two games. Both Marquette and Wake Forest managed to collect at least 50 rebounds in their previous matchups, with each team outrebounding its opponent by 22. The outcome of Friday's matchup may be determined by which team is able to win the battle in the front court, as Hamby is a force for Wake Forest and Marquette's Tibbs is coming off one of the best games of her career.
The Golden Eagles and Demon Deacons have each claimed a win in the two matchups all time between the programs. Marquette currently holds the bragging rights having picked up the victory last November in Milwaukee. Then junior Apiew Ojulu came up big for Marquette in the second half, picking up 19 of her 22 points, en route to the Golden Eagles' 90-71 victory in last season's home opener.
Friday's game can be viewed live on WakeForestSports.com, with live stats available via GameTracker. Live updates are available by following Marquette on Twitter @MarquetteWBB.
After its meeting with Wake Forest in Winston Salem, N.C., Marquette will head east on Tobacco Road for a showdown against Duke in Durham. The Golden Eagles are set to square off against the Blue Devils at 1 p.m. Central time at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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