Marquette's women's basketball team dropped their fourth consecutive game last night with a 64-52 loss to Cincinnati. Katherine Plouffe led the way for Marquette (12-10, 3-6 Big East) by posting her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Dayeesha Hollins led the way for Cincinnati (11-11, 2-7 Big East) with 22 points.
Things started out slow, with the first basket not coming until the 17:03 mark of the first half when UC's Bjonee Reaves drained a three pointer. The teams would trade baskets and leads for the next 7 minutes until Jeanise Randolph put back a Chanel Chisholm miss to give Cincy an 11-10 lead and the Bearcats would never trail again.
Sarina Simmons hit an and-1 free throw with 14:37 left in the game to tie the score at 35. But Marquette shot just 31% in the second half while missing all eight threes they attempted and Cincinnati closed the game out by outscoring Marquette 29-17.
Let's hit some highlights and then meet back up after the jump for Four Factors, Awards and Whimsy:
eFG%: MU - 36.1% Cincy - 47.2%
TO%: MU - 27.9% Cincy - 20.2%
OReb: MU - 42.9% Cincy - 36.1%
FT Rate: MU - 29.6% Cincy - 40.7%
Points Per Possession: MU - 0.80 Cincy - 0.99
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: It's a pretty easy choice to go with Katherine Plouffe here. She grabbed 7 offensive rebound to get to that double-double while chipping in 2 assists and a block.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: I'd have to give it to Apiew Ojulu with 8 points and half of her 6 rebounds coming on the offensive end. But that's by default, because there's not much else here to get excited about.
Whimsy: Fox News recently spent time taking shots at the new Muppets movie for being mean to oil companies by having an oil tycoon as the villain of the movie. Well, Kermit & Miss Piggy are in England promoting the movie this week and someone asked them about the kerfuffle:
Up Next: Saturday night brings Pittsburgh to the Al McGuire Center for Marquette's yearly Pink Out game. You can find more details about it here.