Dec. 12, 2013
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team is set to take on crosstown-rival Milwaukee Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Central time at the Klotsche Center on the campus of UWM. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel with Bob Brainerd and Maria Viall on the call.
Fans are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes to donate in exchange for 2-for-1 admission in awareness of Soles for Africa or Soles for Jesus, which head coach Terri Mitchell and the Golden Eagles support throughout the season. Mitchell, along with UWM's coaching staff will coach the game barefoot from the sidelines in order to increase awareness for the need for shoes in Africa. Starters of both teams will be donating a pair of shoes during the Sunday's starting lineup.
The Golden Eagles (6-2) look to get back on track after falling to in-state rival Wisconsin, 62-60, last Saturday at the Al McGuire Center. After trailing the Badgers by six at the half, MU turned in a solid second half of basketball, outscoring its counterpart by four. Senior Katherine Plouffe led the way for Marquette, notching her fifth double double of the young season, which ties her for tops on the squad with classmate Katie Young. Sophomore point guard Brooklyn Pumroy also contributed a career-high 10 assists in the loss.
All season the Golden Eagles' offense has been paced the dynamic duo of Plouffe and Young, with both nearly averaging a double double per contest. Plouffe, the team's leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, also is tops on the team in boards per game averaging just over 10. Young, the Kenosha, Wis. native, is averaging career bests in both points and rebounds, with 15.5 and 9.8 respectively. Young has shot the ball exceptionally well from three-point range so far this season, knocking down 42 percent of her attempts. Sharpshooter Arlesia Morse has helped shoulder some of the scoring load for the MU offense, averaging 10.4 points per game off the bench.
Milwaukee (2-7) heads into Sunday's game after its most recent loss to Indiana 87-64. The Panthers have a three game losing streak heading into the contest and this will be their first time playing at the Klotsche Center since November 23. Milwaukee is led by senior guard Angela Rodriguez who averages 17.8 points and 6.1 assists per game.
This will be the first match-up between the squads since 2009-10 when Marquette downed Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center 69-52. In that game, MU's Angel Robinson recorded the first triple-double in program history and notched her 1,000th career point.
After Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles head back to the Al McGuire Center to take on Oral Roberts on December 18 at Noon.