Katie Young led MU in scoring against Pittsburgh. - MarquetteImages.com
Everyone chipped in and Marquette ran away and hid from Pittsburgh in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
Every active Marquette player saw at least eight minutes of action, scored at least four points, and grabbed at least one rebound as Marquette defeated Pittsburgh 66-43. The win sends Marquette on to the second round of the Big East Tournament to face 7 seed DePaul today at 5pm Central.
Katie Young did the heavy lifting in the first half for the Golden Eagles, scoring what would be all 11 of her points for the game as MU used an 18-2 run late in the first half to build a double digit lead. An 11-2 run to start the second half capped off by an old school three point play by Sarina Simmons put this one out of reach. MU would lead by as many as 27 at one point before finishing with only a 23 point victory.
Young ended up as the high scorer for MU in the game with those 11 points, just one ahead of Katherine Plouffe's 10. KP just barely missed another double-double as she finished with a team high nine rebounds. Brianna Kiesel had a game high 13 points to lead the Panthers.
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: Katherine Plouffe, natually. 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals, all in just 25 minutes. That's some high quality efficiency, kids.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagle Of The Game: She's not the leading scorer and she's not the lone senior on the team, but Marquette is dependent on how their freshman point guard plays. Brooklyn Pumroy showed why she was named to the All-Freshman team, putting up six points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and most importantly ZERO turnovers in 27 minutes. Yeah, it's hard to be undersung when you get recognized by the conference, but work with me here, people.
Up Next: The aforementioned game with DePaul will be on the Big East Network and streamed on BigEast.tv tonight starting at 5pm Central. MU beat DePaul 70-66 in their lone meeting earlier this season. However, the Blue Demons were without the services of Anna Martin for that game. The senior guard missed 9 games this season due to injuries, but when she played, she was the leading scorer for DePaul, averaging 15.7 points per game.