Marquette Opens Play at the Paradise Jam Against Washington State
Nov. 23, 2011
ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I - The Marquette University women’s basketball team will hit the road for St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where it will play in the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Golden Eagles open play Thursday, Nov. 24 against Washington State at 7 p.m. Central Time.
Marquette will play Prairie View A&M on Friday, Nov. 25 before closing out Paradise Jam play against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 26.
A live video stream of all games will be available on a pay-per-view basis of $4.99 per game, courtesy of ParadiseJam.com.
Marquette will look to finish the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in the same manner it did in 2006, 3-0. The Golden Eagles defeated Western Michigan (74-61), Auburn (65-61) and Xavier (73-53) over three days to claim the Paradise Jam title. Christina Quaye was named the tournament MVP, while Krystal Ellis was selected to the all-tournament team.
The Golden Eagles enter the tournament 2-1 overall following a pair of wins over Mississippi Valley State and Wisconsin, and a hard-fought loss to Georgia Tech. Junior Sarina Simmons was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday after averaging 19.0 points and 11.3 rebounds over three games, which included a pair of 20-point performances. Simmons’ back-to-back 20-point efforts were the first of her career.
Sophomore Katherine Plouffe has had a strong start to the 2011-12 campaign and registered her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia Tech. Plouffe also registered a career-high seven assists against the Yellow Jackets.
The Cougars enter the Paradise Jam 2-2 overall with wins over UNC-Wilmington and Wisconsin. Jazmine Perkins and Carly Noyes lead WSU with 10.5 and 10.0 points per game. The Cougars return four starters from the 2010-11 squad that finished the season 8-23 overall and 6-12 in the Pac 12. Thursday’s game between the Golden Eagles and Cougars will mark the first time the two teams will meet in both programs’ history.