The game opened up poorly for Marquette who quickly found itself in a 2-6 hole against Navy. But the Golden Eagles fought back and an Arlesia Morse three gave them their first lead of the match. The score stated close, but Marquette managed to hold the Midshipmen at bay until the final seconds of the first half when Navy tied the score at 36. Navy then took five consecutive three point attempts to open the second half: only 2 went in, but it gave them the 42-36 edge and the pressure was once again on Marquette.
A layup by Katherine Plouffe, with an assist from Morse, ended a five minute dry spell by the Golden Eagles. Plouffe scored 13 of Marquette's next 15 points on her way to a career best 23 on the night. Sarina Simmons and Katie Young also broke double digits for the Golden Eagles. Marquette was assisted in their effort by terrible free throw shooting from Navy: the Midshipmen went 1 of 9 from the line so it was hard to get too upset about fouls called on the Eagles even when the score was close.
Final items of note: Brooklyn Pumroy did not play in the second half, but hopefully she will not be joining Gabi Minix and Ashley Santos on the IR. Chelsie Butler did start but only played a quiet 11 minutes and continues to wear a support sleeve on the shoulder/arm that was in a sling 10 days ago.
Below: commentary from Coach Terri Mitchell and Plouffe with highlights from the match up which was the annual Milwaukee Public Schools matinee.
Abbie Willenborg Player Of The Game: The obvious choice is Katherine Plouffe: she had a career best game, but most importantly she scored those points when her team needed her most in the second half.
Clare Barnard Undersung Eagles Of The Game: The foursome of Katie Young, Apiew Ojulu, Lauren Tibbs, and Cristina Bigica gave Marquette 30 points off the bench.
Up Next: The Eagles don't get much rest: they'll be facing off against Dartmouth at the McGuire Center Thursday at 7pm.