Nov. 21, 2014
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--A late, second-half comeback could not be completed as the Marquette University women's basketball team (1-2) fell, 89-77, at Wake Forest (3-0) on Friday evening in the first game of a two-game road trip.
Senior Arlesia Morse led the Golden Eagles with a season-high 26 points and was the leading rebounder with nine. Morse was a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc and sank 12-of-14 free throws. Freshman Tia Elbert tallied a career-best 21 points, while classmate Kenisha Bell recorded 13 points and dished a team-high five assists.
The Golden Eagles struggled to connect in the opening minutes of the second half and missed their first nine attempts until Elbert converted a lay-up at 15:47, which broke the scoring drought. Trailing 61-42 at the 13:45 mark, MU used a 7-0 run to pull within 12 points, 61-49 over 58 seconds. Marquette then went on a 9-0 run over 2:15, which cut the Deamon Deacons lead to just 63-58 with 9:34 left in the game.
With 7:22 remaining, Morse knocked down a 3-point basket, which pulled the Golden Eagles to within four points, 69-65, but a 12-4 run from Wake Forest took away momentum that MU had built.
The Deamon Deacons were led by Dearica Hamby with 26 points and nine boards.
Elbert had a stellar first half scoring the first seven-of-eight points for Marquette. She was a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc for the Golden Eagles and tallied a career-best 15 points in the frame. After trailing 19-16 with 11:04 left in the half MU went on a 10-0 run over two minutes and jumped in front, 26-19. The Golden Eagles shot 50 percent (12-24) in the first.
MU outrebounded Wake Forest 37-34 and finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (24-58) from the field, including 7-for-14 from long range.
The Golden Eagles will close a two-game road trip on Sunday, Nov. 23 when the squad heads to No. 7 Duke. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. Central time.