Women's Basketball Game 9 Preview: At UW-Milwaukee (2-7)

Marquette's senior duo of Katherine Plouffe (left) and Katie Young have been driving Marquette this season. - MarquetteImages.com

With finals wrapped up, Marquette heads back to the court after a short bus ride over to the Klotsche Center.

When: Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 1pm
Where: Klotsche Center, on the campus of UW-Milwaukee
Audio/Visual: This crosstown match up draws attention in this town, so it will be broadcast live on TWC Sports 32. If you're not a TWC customer, you can stream the game live and free from the Horizon League here, or stream just the audio call from 920AM here in Milwaukee. Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

Last Saturday, Marquette suffered their second home loss of the season and their first loss to an unranked team, as Wisconsin's Morgan Paige drained a layup as time expired. Even after the loss, Marquette finds themselves with the third best winning percentage in the Big East, trailing just Villanova and Seton Hall. Both the Wildcats and the Pirates have reached the seven win mark already this season.

Katherine Plouffe currently ranks 4th in the Big East in scoring (19.5 ppg) and 2nd in rebounding (10.5 rpg). Katie Young also slots into the top 10 in scoring, ranking 9th (15.5 ppg) in that category, while ranking 3rd in rebounding (9.8 rpg). Both Plouffe and Young are terrors on both ends, ranking in the top three in the league in both offensives and defensive rebounding, including Plouffe's Big East leading 4.3 offensive grabs per game. While all of this is fantastic, the best news might be in the assists category. Brooklyn Pumroy currently leads the Big East with 6.3 assists per game, half an assist more than Seton Hall's Ka-Deidre Simmons.

Here's the bad news for Milwaukee for this game: MU does not have the word "State" in its name, so this is doomed to be a loss for the Panthers. UWM's two wins this season have come against North Dakota State at home and while playing a poor guest in New Mexico State's Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. They're 1-3 at home this season, although this will be just the second contest at the Klotsche Center since before Thanksgiving.

UWM has three double-digit scorers, and two of them pull double duty in addition to their scoring. Leading scorer Angela Rodriguez (17.8 ppg) also leads the team in assists with 6.1 per contest. Sophomore forward Avyanna Young averages 12.6 points per game while also grabbing just over nine rebounds per game as well.

This game will probably less historic than the last time Marquette and UWM faced off. On December 29, 2009, Marquette went in to the Klotsche Center (hey, what's with going there again?) and came away with a 69-52 win. Angel Robinson scored her 1,000th career point on a steal and a layup with 5:50 left in the first half.


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