Women's Basketball Big East Game 3 Preview: at Georgetown (6-7, 0-1)

Katherine Plouffe had 14 points and nine rebounds in her return to action against Villanova. - Maggie Bean/MarquetteImages.com

Marquette looks to go back above .500 in league play as they travel to our nation's capital for a game tomorrow afternoon.

When: Saturday, December 4, 2013, at 3pm Central
Where: McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.
Audio/Visual: Georgetown doesn't like you, so there's only live stats for this game.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

I was so close to being able to start a campaign for everyone to start paying attention to the women's basketball team instead of the men's basketball team. Then Marquette coughed away a seven point lead over the final 13 minutes at home against Villanova, largely due to Caroline Coyer pouring in 17 of her game high 20 points in the second half.

So now MU is 1-1 in league play with a home loss in star forward Katherine Plouffe's return to the team, so I can't really get the rallying cry started. The good news is that 70% of the Big East already has a loss, so there's a lot of opportunities to move forward. One thing to keep an eye on for Saturday's game is the status of redshirt sophomore Lauren Tibbs. After averaging a double-double (depending on what place you round to) in the three games that Plouffe missed due to a family matter, Tibbs was not even on the bench on New Year's Eve. While I can't really say that Marquette missed Tibbs in that game, MU is clearly a better team with a deeper roster, especially with depth behind Plouffe.

Turning our attention to the Hoyas, they're currently riding a four game losing streak and they haven't won a game at home since December 8th. The highlight for this season so far has been the play of Natalie Butler. The 6'5" freshmen center has been named Big East Rookie of the Week four times already this season, and she averages a double-double while leading the Big East in rebounding. Senior forward Andrea White is no slouch following her preseason all-conference honors, averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game.

The name of the game on Saturday will be rebounding. Marquette and Georgetown make up four of the top five spots in the Big East's rebounding leaderboard. Both Plouffe and Katie Young crack the top five for the Golden Eagles, combining to average 20.2 rebounds per game. Butler and White make for a strong combination for the Hoyas, totaling 21.5 caroms per contest.

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