WBB at South Point Thanksgiving Shootout
Nov. 27, 2013
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s basketball team (4-1, 0-0) will compete against Tennessee Tech and Utah this weekend in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev. The blue and gold Golden Eagles will tip off against the purple and gold Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech at 4:30 p.m. CT, Friday, Nov. 29. MU returns to the court 24 hours later to take on the Utah Utes.
MU is coming off a 78-61 loss to No. 2 Duke. Katie Young continued to show her senior leadership, recording her fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and tying career-high 13 rebounds. Young and fellow senior Katherine Plouffe, who added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the contest, kept MU on the Blue Devils heals in the first half and beginning of the second. Ten of Young’s 21 points came in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-2, 0-0) are entering the game against Marquette after defeating Valparaiso 84-78. True freshman Hannah Goolsby recorded 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in the contest. Junior Diamond Henderson tied her career-high with 31 points against the Crusaders. This will be the first meeting in program history between the Ohio Valley Conference and the Big East Conference teams.
Saturday, Plouffe will face her identical twin sister Michelle Plouffe for the first time in their collegiate careers when MU takes on Utah. Utah’s Plouffe leads the Pac-12 with 9.0 defensive rebounds per game and is tied with league best 3-point field goal percentage (.667) going 4-6 from behind the arc. The senior earned her first double-double of the season against No. 15/12 Nebraska.
The Utes (2-2) will face the Butler Bulldogs in the opening round of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout. They enter the shootout coming off a victory against UNLV.
MU returns home after the two-game stint in Las Vegas to face in-state rival University of Wisconsin-Madison Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.