Marquette to Play at No. 3/3 Notre Dame in BIG EAST Lidlifter Wednesday
Dec. 6, 2011
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team will open its seventh season of BIG EAST Conference play Wednesday, Dec. 7 at No. 3/3 Notre Dame at the at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. A free live video stream of the game will be available at www.UND.com.
MU is 16-9 all-time in conference lidlifters (North Star; 1-2, Midwestern Collegiate; 2-1, Great Midwest; 3-1, Conference USA; 6-4, BIG EAST; 5-1).
The Golden Eagles (5-4) are 10-5 overall in conference openers under head coach Terri Mitchell, and have won six of its last seven conference lidlifters. The Golden Eagles last opened conference play on the road in 2010 at then-No. 1 Connecticut where they fell, 79-47. Prior to its league-opening trip to Connecticut MU had opened five consecutive seasons of BIG EAST play at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette was picked to finish 11th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, while Notre Dame, the 2011 NCAA Championship Runner-Up, was picked to finish first.
The Golden Eagles bounced back from a setback at Green Bay on Dec. 2 with an 84-36 rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Al McGuire Center on Dec. 4. Arlesia Morse scored a game-high and career-best 19 points in the win, while three other Golden Eagles contributed 10-or-more points, including Sarina Simmons who registered her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame stands 7-1 overall with its lone loss coming at No. 1 Baylor. Since the set back to the Bears, the Fighting Irish has won four straight games. BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Skylar Diggins leads a potent Notre Dame offense that is averaging 80.0 points per game with 17.6 points per game. Natalie Novosel and Kayla McBride follow with 16.8 and 11.9 points per game, respectively.
Marquette will encounter the Fighting Irish for the 39th time in a series that commenced in 1976. Notre Dame holds the advantage in the all-time series, 30-8. Notre Dame won the last two meetings, 73-55 on Jan. 5, 2011, at the Al McGuire Center and 82-67 at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on Feb. 23, 2010.
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