Your Golden Eagles ended a four game losing streak on Saturday evening by topping the Panthers 72-48 at the McGuire Center. After going down 17-7 early, Pitt rallied to pull within five. But Marquette's lead never was in danger thanks to the efforts of Katherine Plouffe who scored 16 in the first half on her way to a double double. She ended the night with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Marquette went into halftime with a 36-25 lead which ballooned to 48-25 when Pitt failed to score until nearly 5 minutes in the second half. Marquette then went cold allowing 13 unanswered points by Pitt who pulled within 10, but that was the closest that the Panthers would get to the lead. With nine minutes to play Arlesia Morse broke the Golden Eagle's shooting slump: she sank a jumper, drew a foul, and drained the free throw to put the Golden Eagles back on track. Morse was on fire in the second half scoring 16 to put up a career best 24 points overall.
An item of note was Apiew Ojulu's absence. She did not start and only played 2 minutes. After subbing out at the 12:56 mark in the first half, she came out of the tunnel with a boot on her right foot. With Courtney Thomas and Lauren Tibbs still sidelined, an Ojulu injury would leave Marquette with only 8 healthy players. Here's hoping (since I've been unable to find any information) that the issue is minor and with Marquette in control of the game it was a good opportunity to rest Ojulu.
Onto the highlights:
After the jump, Awards.
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: As part of the Pink Out event, one could pledge to donate money to based on the number of three point shots made by Marquette. Arlesia Morse was a one woman fundraising machine sinking 5 of 6 from behind the arc as part of her 24 point monster night.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: Gabi Minix played every minute of the game quietly dishing out 8 assists and making 4 steals.
Up Next: DePaul in Chicago, Il at 1:30 pm.