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Marquette Women's Basketball Preview: at Auburn

The Golden Eagles look to bounce back quickly after a heartbreaker of a loss on Sunday afternoon with a mid-week trip to Alabama.

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Here's the good news: Kenisha Bell was named the Big East's Freshmen of the Week on Monday.  She averaged 21.5 points per game last week and currently ranks ninth in the Big East and tops amongst freshmen in scoring.

Here's the bad news: Bell has 37 turnovers on the season, more than twice as many as any other Marquette player.  She peaked (valleyed?) in that regard on Sunday afternoon when she committed nine turnovers in MU's loss against South Dakota.  With nine of them, it's kind of hard to point at one as the worst thing, but throwing the ball away on an inbounds after USD had just tied the game up is preeettty way up there.

As a team, Marquette is throwing, booting, or fouling the ball away on 28% of possessions, or more than one out of every four times down the floor.  I know that head coach Carolyn Kieger wants to play a rapid, attacking style of basketball, but there's a way to play like that and not throw away a full quarter of your chances to score.

Also, and this is just a personal preference: I'm really getting tired of looking at a women's basketball box score and seeing 20 or more turnovers on a regular basis.  I know things happen in the course of a game, but it starts to get massively depressing after a while.

Game 7: at Auburn (3-2)

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 6pm Central.
Where: Auburn Arena in Auburn, Alabama
Audio/Visual: SEC Network+ has the coverage, plus a paid audio stream, plus live stats.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB

The Tigers were picked to finish 10th in the 14 team SEC.  They started out the season with three wins at Auburn Arena, but over Thanksgiving Week, they suffered two losses out on the eastern seaboard to Virginia and Winthrop.  The first two wins were romps over Troy and Grambling State, but they had to squeak out a three point win over Florida Gulf Coast

Auburn was a WNIT team a year ago, and they return four starters from that team, including three of their top four scorers.  Tra'Cee Tanner and Brandy Montgomery are both averaging more than 13 points per game to lead the offense.  Sophomore guard/forward Katie Frerking has started all five of AU's games, and is leading them in rebounding at 6.6 per game.