Marquette 77, Loyola-Chicago 61

Arlesia Morse gets ready to rain points from long distance as coach Terri Mitchell looks on. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com

Sometimes you just have a feel for a team. Sometimes it's easy to make predictions about games.

During yesterday's men's basketball game, Marquette coughed up 20 turnovers on their way to sneaking past North Carolina Central. After the game, I said on Twitter that if the women managed fewer turnovers than the men just committed, they'd have no problem with Loyola. If there's one thing I know about Marquette's women's team, it's their near ridiculous tendency to turn the ball over. They came in to the Loyola game averaging nearly 22 turnovers a game, so I was pretty confident in my prediction.

So what happened? Marquette committed just 16 turnovers, and led by as many as 24 in the second half before ending up with a 16 point win. I believe I had that one.

The key to the game? MU came within one basket by Katie Young of having three players record a double-double. Katherine Plouffe had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Arlesia Morse had a career high 25 points and career high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Young finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

We do have one piece of bad news coming out of the game. After several games where she's been in warmups just like the out for the season Gabi Minix, the women's basketball team did confirm that Ashley Santos is out for the year with a knee injury as well.

Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: It's Arlesia Morse and it's not really close. She got eight of her rebounds on the offensive end and added three assists and a steal as well.

Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: I'd like to give this to Katie Young for her near double-double, but she did have a team high 4 turnovers, too. So we'll give this to Lauren Tibbs, who had a career high 12 points, including a sweet baby hook.

Up Next: Marquette wraps up the non-conference schedule on Wednesday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, against Central Michigan.

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