Feb. 11, 2014
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Arlesia Morse became the 24th player in Marquette University women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point scoring plateau as she converted four straight free-throws to secure a 71-60 victory over Providence on Tuesday night.
Morse's milestone point came with 51.4 seconds left in the game at the free throw line. Her four consecutive shots at the charity stripe were the final points scored for Marquette (16-7, 7-5) in the road victory. The junior led the Golden Eagles with 18 points in the game.
Senior Katherine Plouffe recorded her ninth double double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Classmate Katie Young was just shy with nine points and 14 boards.
Marquette remained in control the entire second half and never trailed the Friars (6-18, 1-12), picking up its largest lead after a pair of free throws from junior Cristina Bigica with 10:58 left in the game. Providence challenged in the final minute as Tori Rule sank a 3-pointer which cut the lead to seven points with 55 seconds remaining, but Morse's four free-throws extended the lead and secured a win.
Rule led all scorers with 21 points for Providence, while Alexis Harris turned in a double double with 13 points and 15 boards.
The Golden Eagles trailed Providence in the first half, but used an 11-2 and grabbed their first lead after Plouffe connected on a lay-up with 3:29 left. MU went 3-3 in the final minute to take a 35-32 lead into the break, while shooting 34.2 percent (13-38) in the frame.
Marquette will return home to host Xavier on National Marquette Day Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off is slated for Noon Central time.