Feb. 17, 2014
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team (17-7, 8-5) concludes its current two-game home stand when it hosts DePaul (20-5, 11-2) Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Central time.
Prior to the game MU will host Chalk Talk with assistant coach Tyler Summitt. Anyone wishing to attend the 6:15 p.m. program can register online or call the MU ticket office at 414-288-4668.
The Golden Eagles defeated Xavier, 75-54, in their most recent action on Feb. 15. After being tied at the half 32-32, MU held the Musketeers in check only allowing 22 points in the second frame. Marquette's tough defense, paired with an impressive shooting performance from behind the arc, propelled them to victory in the second half. Senior forward Katie Young fell just shy of a double-double, notching 19 points and eight rebounds. Senior Katherine Plouffe and junior Arlesia Morse each added 12 points, while redshirt freshman Ashley Santos chipped in eight points and four assists.
The duo of Plouffe and Young has paced the Blue and Gold's offense all season. Plouffe, the Edmonton, Alberta native, is the BIG EAST Conference's second leading scorer at 17.2 points per contest and is third in the conference in terms of rebounding at 9.5 per game. Young, the Kenosha, Wis. native, is averaging 12.1 points and 8.6 boards per contest.
The Golden Eagles outrebound their opponents by an average of 14.3, which leads all of the NCAA.
DePaul, winners of nine-consecutive games, dispatched Seton Hall, 89-73, in its most recent contest. The Blue Demons enjoyed an offensive explosion from Megan Rogowski, who knocked down 7-of-9 three pointers en route to a 27 point performance. Rogowski leads the conference in 3-pointers per game at 3.2, and is also tops in the BIG EAST in 3-point percentage at 44.3%. Senior guard Jasmine Penny added 21 points against SHU.
Tuesday's action features the two highest scoring teams in the BIG EAST Conference. The DePaul Blue Demons lead the league in scoring at 84.3 points per contest, while MU pours in 73.5, good for second in the conference. As of today, Marquette and DePaul are the only programs in the BIG EAST Conference to have three players each in the top twenty in individual scoring per game.
After hosting DePaul on Tuesday Marquette returns to action Feb. 22, when it travels to Seton Hall for a 1 p.m. CT tip.