Nov. 10, 2009
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MILWAUKEE - Behind the strength of a 31-0 run in the middle of the first half, the Marquette University women's basketball team defeated Beloit College 102-30 in its final exhibition contest Tuesday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles were led in scoring by senior Lauren Thomas-Johnson with 19 points, leading five MU players in double-figures. All ten Golden Eagles played at least 10 minutes and scored at least four points.
Junior Angel Robinson only scored six points but recorded eight assists, six steals and four rebounds.
Freshman Sarina Simmons provided a spark for the Golden Eagles off the bench with 13 points after scoring 18 in the team's exhibition opener against UW-Stout on Oct. 31.
In the second half, Marquette allowed Beloit to score only two points in the final 13 minutes of the contest, closing the game on a 30-2 run, with four treys from junior Tatiyiana McMorris in that stretch. McMorris ended the game with 17 points, including a career-high five three-pointers.
Prior to the Marquette run to close out the game, Beloit recorded an 8-0 run of its own to shorten the Golden Eagles lead to 72-28.
The Buccaneers started the game with a layup by Mary Parker to take a 2-0 advantage, for their last lead of the contest.
Back-to-back three-point baskets by Marquette junior Courtney Weibel started a 31-0 Marquette run which occurred over the span of seven minutes on the game clock.
Following a Beloit basket at the 7:12 mark of the first half, the Golden Eagles started another run, scoring 13 in a row, with the last two points coming off a break-away layup by Simmons.
Simmons played nine minutes in the first half, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds. She also recorded four steals and had a thunderous block at the top of the key which led to an uncontested layup, giving MU a 52-11 advantage.
In the first half, the Golden Eagles forced 24 Buccaneer turnovers, including 10 from Sarah Stariha. In addition to Simmons' four steals in the first, Robinson also got into the action, swiping four of her own in the opening 20 minutes.
Amanda Moore led the Buccaneers with 14 points, including four baskets from three-point range.
The Golden Eagles will open the 2009-10 regular season Saturday at the Al McGuire Center against St. Francis (Pa.) at 2 p.m.