Nov. 25, 2011
ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I -
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ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I - The Marquette University women's basketball team will play Prairie View A&M in its second game at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Friday, Nov. 25. Tip-off at the University of the Virgin Islands is set for 4:45 p.m. Central Time.
Marquette (2-2) closes out Paradise Jam play against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 26. A live video stream of all games will be available on a pay-per-view basis of $4.99 per game, courtesy of ParadiseJam.com.
The Golden Eagles will look to rebound after 65-52 loss to Washington State in opening game of the Paradise Jam Thursday.
The Golden Eagles held a brief six-point lead, 35-29, early in the second half thanks to a pair of triples by Arlesia Morse, but Washington State went on an 8-1 run to go ahead 37-36 and held on to the advantage for the remainder of the game. A 16-2 Cougar run over 6:20 late in the second half gave WSU a 15 point lead (60-45), which put the game out of reach for the Golden Eagles.
Chelsie Butler led MU with 13 points, while Katherine Plouffe and Morse each chipped in 10 points. Sarina Simmons had another dominant night on the glass pulling down 10 rebounds. It was her second game this season of double-digit boards.
With six freshmen on MU's roster, it is no surprise that the rookies are making early contributions. Apiew Ojulu and Arlesia Morse have started in all four games, and Morse stands third on the team in the scoring column with 8.3 points per game. Ojulu and Chelsie Butler follow with 7.8 and 7.0 points per game and the trio owns four double-digit point performances already this season. Ojulu is showing her strength inside and is third on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. Ojulu grabbed a career-high eight against Washington State.
The Panthers enter the game with Marquette 1-2 overall following a 59-53 loss to Michigan Thursday. Prairie View A&M was picked to finish atop the SWAC standings after earning a NCAA Championship bid in 2011. The Panthers lineup includes two returning letter winners and nine newcomers. Red-shirt junior Latia Williams was selected to the Preseason All-SWAC First Team. Friday's game between the Golden Eagles and Panthers will mark the first time the two teams will meet in both programs' history. Marquette is 1-0 against teams from the SWAC this season with a win Mississippi Valley State in its season opener, 69-61.