When: Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 1pm Central
Where: Cintas Center, in Cincinnati, OH
Audio/Visual: Xavier doesn't stream all of their women's basketball games, only some of them. Not cool, guys. You can get live stats here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB
Marquette was due to face off with Seton Hall at the McGuire Center on Wednesday evening, but the cold snap prevented the Pirates from making the trip from New Jersey to Milwaukee. As such, MU still hasn't played a home game in 2014 yet, but they still sit in a four way tie for third place in the Big East right now at 2-1. Katherine Plouffe is the reigning Big East Player of the Week. She averaged - AVERAGED - 23.5 points and 11 rebounds in Marquette's two contests last week, including a career high 33 points against Georgetown. KP scored 11 of Marquette's 13 points in their overtime win over the Hoyas and she made all 15 of her free throws for the week. Plouffe is currently second in the Big East in both scoring and rebounding average, and as the first player in the league to win Player of the Week for a second time this season, seems to be compiling a nice foundation for all Big East First Team honors.
Xavier's confusing. When the conference schedule started, they were the worst RPI team in the league, largely due to a home loss to the very terrible Longwood, and an ugly 47-26 home loss to Cincinnati. No, that score is not a typo. But after dropping their Big East opener at DePaul, they've popped Georgetown and St. John's at the Cintas Center in their last two games. Senior Ashley Wanninger had a career high 26 points to lead the Musketeers past the Hoyas in their last outing, including a dangerous 5-8 from three point range.
Three Xavier players average double digits in scoring, led by senior guard Shatyra Hawkes at 14.6 ppg. Wanninger is the second leading scorer, and leading rebounder Jenna Crittendon (7.1 rpg) is the third Musketeer breaking past 10 points per game. Hawkes is also the assists leader at 3.3 helpers per contest.
Xavier likes shooting three pointers, taking nearly 40% of their field goal attempts behind the arc and averaging 23 tries per game. Here's the problem with that: Xavier's horrible behind the arc. They shoot 28% as a team, with Hawkes and Wanninger leading the way with shooting percentages of .338 and .337 respectively. This leaves them with a team effective field goal percentage of just 43.7%.