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Marquette Women's Basketball Preview: vs South Dakota

The Golden Eagles look to wrap up Thanksgiving weekend by moving back to .500 on the season.

No pictures of South Dakota's mascot, so here's the Arizona Coyotes' mascot.
No pictures of South Dakota's mascot, so here's the Arizona Coyotes' mascot.
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Back on Wednesday night, Marquette bounced back from their weekend in North Carolina with an 85-80 win over UW-Milwaukee.  Four different Golden Eagles scored in double digits, including a new career high 21 points from Kenisha Bell.  Fellow freshman Tia Elbert had a new career high nine assists in the win as well, as Marquette got big efforts from lots of different players.

I'd say that Marquette needs to figure out their defense after giving up 80 points to the Panthers, but UWM only had an effective field goal percentage of 46% for the game.  No, it was a speed issue that allowed the high scoring.  in a nearly 80 possession game, UWM was bound to get their chances to score.  Marquette needs to find a way to play at speed like coach Carolyn Kieger wants them to and not turn the ball over.

Game #6: vs South Dakota (3-2)

When: Sunday, November 30, 2014, at 2pm Central
Where: Al McGuire Center
Audio/Visual: Free video streaming, plus live stats.
Special Promotions: Family Funday! 2-for-1 general admission tickets and the occasional concession deal.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

The Coyotes are off to a 3-2 start this season.  Their downfall has come against power conference opponents, taking losses against Kansas (68-60) and Washington (96-82), while picking up wins at Drake and at Portland State as well.  They earned a win against UC Irvine in their home opener on Monday night with ease, and after that brief stop over in Vermillion, they'll be fired up for a chance to take a crack at picking up a win in another team's gym.

South Dakota was picked to finish second in the Summit League this season in a vote of the league's coaches after winning the conference tournament and qualifying for the NCAA tournament a year ago.  Senior guard Nicole Seekamp was named as part of the SL's preseason all-conference team, while fellow senior Raeshel Contreras and junior Tia Hemiller were added to the second team.

Contreras is leading the team in scoring so far, averaging 17.8 points.  Junior center Margaret McCloud is going to give Lauren Tibbs and Chelsie Butler all they can handle, as she's averaging just short of a double-double at 9.8 points and 9.0 rebounds.  Both Seekamp and Hemiller are averaging just slightly over three assists a game, so it should be interesting to see if Marquette can defend a combo package like that.