Women's Basketball Game 6 Preview: vs Providence (6-11, 1-5 Big East)

Marquette needs someone to step up to help Plouffe and Young, and co-captain Apiew Ojulu is a likely candidate. - Maggie Bean/MarquetteImages.com

Ok, let's try this again: Time for Marquette to take a crack at their first home win of the 2014 calendar year.

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 7pm Central
Where: Al McGuire Center
Audio/Visual: FREE VIDEO STREAMING as always for home games, and if you need live stats, they're over here.
Special Promotions: $2 Tuesday, with all general admission tickets for just $2.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

Seven double-doubles for both Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young this season. That's quite the impressive duo. But it hasn't turned into home wins in Big East play, as the Golden Eagles have split their schedule between winning on the road twice and losing at home three times. Five games in, and Marquette has two candidates for All-Big East First Team, but they're mired in the middle of the conference standings.

This is where the rest of the lineup has to step up. Take Saturday's game against St. John's for example. Cristina Bigica can't cough up eight turnovers. Brooklyn Pumroy can't commit two fouls and be limited to just six minutes in the first half. Chelsie Butler can't get inserted into the starting lineup and be so ineffective that she only plays six minutes in the first half and nine minutes overall. Arlesia Morse can't have a role as the bench scorer and only find time for five shots in her 26 minutes of action.

Perhaps Marquette can get their gears moving in the same direction against Providence. The Friars have lost six of their last seven games. Their lone win in that stretch was a 70-61 home triumph against Georgetown six days ago. Half of their wins have come on the road this season, but here's a list of their victims: UMass-Lowell, Dartmouth, and Rhode Island.

Tori Rule is the guiding light for the PC offense, as she holds a freshly minted spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Rule averaged 18 points and 4 rebounds last week, just a bit over her season marks of 16.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Four different Friars score in double digits on average, and one of them is junior forward Alexis Harris who also leads the team in rebounding at 7.9 rpg.

Providence is a solid defensive team, holding their opponents under a point per possession. A potential problem for the Friars will be that they get outrebounded on a regular basis, averaging three fewer rebounds than their opponents, while Marquette averages 14.4 more rebounds than the teams that they face.

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