First, the good news: Marquette forced 24 turnovers on the way to cruising to a win over New Orleans. Katherine Plouffe, Apiew Ojulu and Chelsie Butler all posted a double-double, led by Ojulu's combo of 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The disclaimer: New Orleans is in the process of transitioning from Division 1 to Division 2 this season and now stands at 0-7.
Oh well. The upside is that coach Terri Mitchell was insistent on the team playing with the up tempo style that she wants to see from them. Hopefully they can learn from their first game of the season with under 15 turnovers (11 against UNO) and avoid the turnover bug that's plagued them so far this season.
Let's hit some notes here:
- The starting lineup saw its first change of the season, as Sarina Simmons sat to start and Cristina Bigica got the start in her place. Simmons was the first off the bench, although by the time she got into the game, Butler had joined her at the scorer's table. Bigica and Simmons both ended up playing 21 minutes, so draw your own conclusions.
- Sophomore Katie Young saw her first action of the season, checking in at the 9:36 mark of the first half as Marquette led 23-4. She ended up playing 10 minutes, scoring 4 points on 2-5 shooting and grabbing 3 rebounds. Young looked like she's still learning how to play wearing the bulky knee brace that she has on.
- Ojulu's 14 rebounds is a great total made even more impressive by snagging 11 of Marquette's 27 (TWENTY-SEVEN) offensive boards. Granted, at times it looked like she had perfected the Dennis Rodman "dribble off the rim" rebounding technique, but she finished 8-14 shooting, so who's to complain?
- Plouffe missed about 2:30 of game time early in the 2nd half when she had to come out to get a cut on her left arm cleaned up. She ended up coming back in with a healthy sized bandage wrap just under her left elbow and didn't seem bothered by it.
- This was Terri Mitchell's 300th career win, putting her at 300-174 in 16 seasons. The 96 points are an Al McGuire Center record and the 61 point margin of victory is a new program high, surpassing the old record of 56, set in 1993.
Next up for the Golden Eagles is the undefeated and #23/#16 UW-Green Bay Phoenix on Friday at 7pm in Green Bay.
After the jump: Four Factors, Awards, and Whimsy!
eFG%: Marquette - 56.6% UNO - 33%
TO%: Marquette - 16.5% UNO - 35.2%
OReb%: Marquette - 67.5% UNO - 12.5%
FT Rate: Marquette - 18.4% UNO - 20.5%
Points Per Possession: Marquette - 1.44 UNO - 0.51
Abbie Willenborg Player of the Game: You have to go with Apiew Ojulu for this one. Her 21 points led the team and her 14 rebounds tied for the team high with Katherine Plouffe. On top of that? No turnovers.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: When you come off the bench and your points and rebounds total up to higher than your minutes played, you get an award. 12 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes gets Chelsie Butler this award for the game.
Whimsy: The internet combined the intro to Parks & Recreation and Community. I love you, Internet. (h/t to Uproxx)