Jan. 18, 2014
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team fell short in a close battle to the St. John's Red Storm, 47-49, Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Seniors Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young led the way for the Golden Eagles (12-4, 3-2 BIG EAST) with their seventh double-doubles of the season, Plouffe with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Young with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore guards Aliyyah Hanford and Danaejah Grant both recorded 14 points each and led the Red Storm (12-5, 5-1 BIG EAST) to their fifth BIG EAST victory.
The Golden Eagles shot just 28 percent (14-50) from the field, while the Red Storm shot 41.9 percent (18-43). Marquette shot a strong 81.8 percent (18-22) from the free throw line kept the Golden Eagles in the game.
With eight minutes left in the game, strong defense led to four unanswered points which gave the Golden Eagles their first lead of the second half at 39-38. St. John's answered back with a 5-0 run to bring the lead back with a score of 44-48.
As part of her team-high 18 points, Plouffe scored Marquette's first field goal beyond the arch with 55 seconds left in the game, cutting the deficit by one point. A strong push at the end was not enough for the Golden Eagle's to come up with a victory, as a three-point attempt faltered in games final seconds.
Tonight the Golden Eagles celebrated their second annual We Back Pat night, a fundraiser for The Pat Summit Foundation supporting Alzheimer's. The honorable Pat Summit is the mother of Golden Eagle's assistant coach Tyler Summit.
Marquette will continue its home stand on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to host Providence. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.