Women's Basketball Game 10 Preview: vs Oral Roberts (0-7)

Ashley Santos provided pop off the bench against UWM on Sunday with a career high 12 points. - Maggie Bean/MarquetteImages.com

Well, if you want to pick a game where you can probably win easily in front of 3,000 grade schoolers, this is probably the way to go.

When: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Noon Central
Where: Al McGuire Center
Audio/Visual: A change in start team doesn't change anything else. This game will still have FREE VIDEO STREAMING, plus live stats over here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

In order to move to 7-2 on the season, Marquette was forced to diversify their offense on Sunday. Both Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young were held to single digits in points, but Marquette got career highs from Cristina Bigica and Ashley Santos, plus a season high from Apiew Ojulu. Getting a full team contribution was more important as it seems on the surface, as MU's already short bench got even shorter with Chelsie Butler and Courtney Thomas out for the game. Butler will most likely miss today's game as well, as she was on crutches on Sunday. Thomas didn't appear to have any noticeable injury, but odds are she'll be held out as well.

Luckily for the Golden Eagles, their depth issues shouldn't pose much of a problem this afternoon. Oral Roberts claims to be 1-7 on the season, but the lone win comes at the expense of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, while all the losses are to Division 1 opposition. Other than a two point home defeat at the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock, ORU hasn't lost a game by less than 14 points all season, and their average margin of defeat overall this season is 24.1.

This will be the second straight game for Oral Roberts where the crowd will be mostly made up of grade school students. The Golden Eagles from Oklahoma were on the business end of a 30 point loss in front of Chicago area students when they played at Northwestern on Monday, and today, Marquette hosts students from the Milwaukee Public School system.

Senior guard Christian Key is the only ORU player to average more than 10 points a game, coming in at 11.1 ppg. Redshirt senior Sarah Shelton may make things interesting in the middle for Plouffe and Ojulu, as she averages 6 ppg, and leads ORU in rebounding by a wide margin with 8.8 caroms per contest. Only seven Golden Eagles have played in each of their eight games this season, so depth may be an issue on the other sideline as well.

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