Women's Basketball Game 3 Preview: at RV/#25 Vanderbilt (3-0)

Both Katherine Plouffe (L) and Katie Young are averaging a double-double for Marquette through 2 games. - MarquetteImages.com

Marquette takes their perfect record and prolific offense on the road to Nashville for a stern test.

When: Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2pm Central
Where: Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee
Audio/Visual: There's video from the Commodores, but you'll have to pay for it. Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

Marquette cracked the 90 point mark in both of their first two games this season: a 90-71 win over Wake Forest and a 96-44 throttling of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. But Wake is picked to finish in the bottom end of the ACC and UAPB is a middle of the road SWAC team, while Vanderbilt is undefeated, ranked in the USA Today coaches' poll, and picked to finish fourth in the SEC by the league's coaches.

I'm going to guess that the offensive output is slightly different today.

With two 90 point performances, it's not surprising that five different Golden Eagles are averaging in double digits in scoring. Katherine Plouffe leads the way with her 22 points per game average, and she also has the team lead in rebounds at 14.5 per game. Katie Young also has been averaging a double-double, averaging 11.5 in both the points and rebounds columns. Sophomore Brooklyn Pumroy averages 7.5 assists per game, but even more impressively, she has an assist to turnover ratio of 3.8/1.

While the Commodores are undefeated, they were trailing Delaware State with less than seven minutes to play on Thursday night, so a strong effort from Marquette may make this one more interesting than Vanderbilt is hoping for. While I mentioned earlier that the Commodores are picked to finish fourth in the league, there are currently six SEC teams ranked in the Associated Press poll, and VU's #25 ranking puts seven SEC teams into the USA Today coaches' poll. It's a deep, deep league, and the SEC coaches think more of the Commodores than the national polls do.

Vanderbilt's two seniors, Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie, were both named to the preseason All-SEC team. Foggie is the leading scorer with 17.3 points per game and the leading passer with 4.3 assists per game. Lister does a little bit of everything, averaging 12 points, three rebounds, and just over three assists per game. Wisconsin native and sophomore Heather Bowe leads Vanderbilt with six rebounds per game.

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