Freshman Tia Elbert tied the game-high 14 points and served up nine assists in the victory over Vanderbilt.

Women's Basketball

MU Defeats Vanderbilt 80-67

Dec. 18, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - In front of 3,000 Milwaukee Public School students, the Marquette women's basketball team (3-7) defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores (7-3), 80-67 Thursday at the Al McGuire Center.

Offensive action was evenly disbursed for the Golden Eagles, with four players earning double-digit points. Three of the four Marquette players, senior Apiew Ojulu and freshmen Kenisha Bell and Tia Elbert, scored a game-high 14 points. Senior Chelsie Butler led the team in rebounds grabbing a season-high 10 boards.

MU led the entire second half and earned its largest lead in a game this season when senior Arlesia Morse knocked down a three with 16:27 to go, giving the Golden Eagles a 17 point lead, 55-38. The Commodores cut Marquette's lead to four from a three-pointer by redshirt freshman Rebekah Dahlman with 4:58 left in the game, but a steal by Butler and a jumper from Bell helped the Golden Eagles take control of the last four minutes.

Marquette shot 50 percent (32-64) from the field and 68.8 percent behind the charity stripe (11-16).

The Commodores offense was propelled by redshirt freshman Rebekah Dahlman and sophomore forward Kristen Gaffney who both scored 13 points. Nine of Gaffney's 13 points came in the second half.

The halftime score was the largest point differential and largest number of points MU has scored at half this season at 45, surpassing the 42 points the Golden Eagles scored against Milwaukee on Nov. 26.

Marquette came out hot in the first half, shutting out the Commodores in the first three minutes of the game. MU eventually took the lead with 11 minutes left, 16-14, and held it for the remainder of play.

Elbert dished out six assists and led the Golden Eagles with 12 points in the first half. She ended the game with 14 points and a career-high-tying nine assists. MU scored 32 of its 45 first half points in the paint, outscoring Vanderbilt by 18.

The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday in their third of four home games in a row, taking on Western Illinois at 2 p.m. CT.

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