The Marquette Golden Eagles are facing off against the Northern Iowa Panthers in the opening round of the WNIT tonight at the Al McGuire Center. Tip off is at 7:05. Follow along for live updates and analysis from press row.
8:58 pm - Jacob Born
With the win, UNI will go on to face the winner of Minnesota/Ball St. Marquette is done for the season, but has a lot to look forward to next year. Returning everyone except Sarina Simmons. Should be a good team.
8:55 pm - Jacob Born
Three pointers turned out to be the difference. UNI made 12, Marquette made one.
8:54 pm - Jacob Born
Despite loss, great game by the Golden Eagles. Came back from 12 to tie game in the waining seconds. Very exciting WNIT game.
8:53 pm - Jacob Born
Brooklyn Pumroy gets the ball on the inbound,gets to halfway between the center logo and three-point line and shoots it. Ball bounces off the bottom left side of the backboard. UNI wins 61-59.
8:52 pm - Jacob Born
Wow. Jess McDowell corrals a rebound and gets the put back basket. Marquette ball underneath their basket. 3.8 seconds left. Down by 2.
8:51 pm - Jacob Born
Ojulu drives the lane to tie the game. 20 seconds left.
8:48 pm - Jacob Born
47.2 seconds left. Marquette down by two. UNI ball.
8:48 pm - Jacob Born
Simmons is in visible pain right now. Don’t know if it’s a cramp or just from landing awkwardly, but she is hurt.
8:46 pm - Jacob Born
Marquette has made UNI pay for their turnovers, as the Golden Eagles have scored 18 points off of UNI turnovers. UNI only has 9 off of Marquette turnovers.
8:44 pm - Jacob Born
UNI looking at three pointers and Marquette defending them well. Look for Jacqui Kalin to get the ball down the stretch for UNI. Marquette needs to keep getting the ball in the paint and getting the bunnies.
8:42 pm - Jacob Born
And with that pull up jumper, Simmons gives Marquette its first lead of the game!
8:42 pm - Jacob Born
Marquette utilizing its size, as 32 of its 55 points have been paint touches. Buzz would be proud.
8:41 pm - Jacob Born
With Plouffe’s two free throws, the run is now at 13-1. Marquette is down by one with 3:45 left in the game.
8:38 pm - Jacob Born
Ojulu drains both free throws and now Marquette is only down by three. Great push by the Golden Eagles to get back into this game.
8:36 pm - Jacob Born
Ojulu comes up with the ball after a scramble and gets the put back basket. Everyone really starting to get into the game now.
8:35 pm - Jacob Born
Simmons drives the lane and makes the basket, but is called for the charge. Fans and Simmons verbally and visibly upset with the call.
8:33 pm - Jacob Born
With the foul by Alyssa Johnson, her fourth of the night, Marquette enters the bonus. 6:20 left and the Golden Eagles are only down by five.
8:32 pm - Jacob Born
Sarina Simmons’s steal and then easy bunny gets Marquette within seven points. She also forces anther turnover to give MU the ball.
8:30 pm - Jacob Born
UNI still having a great day shooting with a .438 field goal percentage and an outrageous .667 three-point field goal percentage.
8:28 pm - Jacob Born
McDowell had all day to make her three-pointer and it was the cleanest of the night. Her shot gives the Panthers a 12 point lead, 54-42.
8:25 pm - Jacob Born
UNI shots are not going in as easily as they used to. Marquette needs to take advantage and chip away at the lead.
8:22 pm - Jacob Born
Kalin misses a three-pointer, but UNI is still 5-8 on three-pointers in the second half.
8:20 pm - Jacob Born
And now Plouffe joins in on the block party. Marquette has four on the night.
8:17 pm - Jacob Born
UNI is on fire from behind the arc. It seems like everything is falling.
8:16 pm - Jacob Born
I must have jinxed her, as Morse misses her first attempt. She makes the second, for what it is worth.
8:15 pm - Jacob Born
Arlesia Morse is perfect from the charity stripe tonight and is now tied for Marquettes leading scorer for the night.
8:13 pm - Jacob Born
Plouffe gets her third foul on a questionable call. Marquette down by eight and slowly chipping away at the Panthers lead.
8:09 pm - Jacob Born
Davidson of UNI makes a three-pointer and then the Panthers immediately call a timeout to give players a rest. Marquette down 10 at 15:22 mark.
8:05 pm - Jacob Born
Plouffe with a beautiful bounce pass through the lane to Simmons. Simmons lays it up and gets the and-1. She makes the free throw.
8:04 pm - Jacob Born
Morse sinks Marquette’s first three-pointer of the game. Golden Eagles down 35-27.
8:02 pm - Jacob Born
Brooke Brown gets the scoring started for UNI as she drills a baseline 3.
8:01 pm - Jacob Born
UNI starts with the ball as the second half begins.
7:58 pm - Jacob Born
Marquette also doing a good job of limiting impact of turnovers. Had seven turnovers and only allowed seven points off said turnovers. MU needs to make UNI pay for its turnovers however, as the Golden Eagles only have two points off of five turnovers.
7:50 pm - Jacob Born
Marquette had a sub-par .290 shooting percentage for the first half and failed to make a three-pointer. UNI shot 13-34 in the first half and shot 5-16 from the three point line.
7:46 pm - Jacob Born
Simmons gets the turnover and has a very easy layup for the last points of the half. Marquette down 32-24 heading into the break.
7:45 pm - Jacob Born
Simmons with another big block! Size is helping Marquette more than the score would indicate.
7:42 pm - Jacob Born
Someone forgot their assignment, as Kalin gets a wide open look from the top of the arc. It hits nothing but net.
7:41 pm - Jacob Born
Also, UNI has seven points off of five MU turnovers. MU has none off of two UNI turnovers.
7:40 pm - Jacob Born
Final media timeout of the half and Marquette is down 27-16. UNI is making up for poor free throw shooting with 40 percent shooting from the field, including shooting 36 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Marquette still has not made a three-pointer and is only shooting 24 percent on the floor.
7:37 pm - Jacob Born
Jacqui Kalin makes a three-pointer from a long way away. As expected, she’s leading the Panthers with 10 points.
7:32 pm - Jacob Born
After the third media timeout, UNI is up 22-14. Marquette is shooting 5-20 from the field and 4-7 from the free throw line. The shots will start to fall eventually.
7:30 pm - Jacob Born
Butler grabs Plouffe’s rebound, makes the basket and gets the and-1. Free throw is a swish.
7:28 pm - Jacob Born
Ojulu knocks down her second basket of the game. Marquette losing 20-10 with 8:32 left in the half.
7:26 pm - Jacob Born
Plouffe commits just the teams second foul, but it sends UNI to the line for the first time. Amber Kirschbaum misses her first but makes the second, giving UNI a 17-6 lead.
7:23 pm - Jacob Born
Despite being the taller team, Marquette is being out rebounded 11-9. The Golden Eagles are also only 2-11 from the field so far tonight.
7:21 pm - Jacob Born
McDowell drains her second 3 in as many attempts, forcing Terri Mitchell to call a timeout. Panthers up 14-6 against Marquette with 11:40 remaining in the first half.
7:20 pm - Jacob Born
Great spin move by Simmons in the lane leads to a Marquette basket. McDowell answers with a 3 for the Panthers.
7:16 pm - Jacob Born
Bigica and Schonhardt go up for a ball and Bigica hits the floor hard. Both get up fine and marquette gets the ball.
7:14 pm - Jacob Born
Both teams having trouble getting the ball to fall. After the first media timeout, UNI leads 4-3. Schonhardt with all the points for the Panthers, Plouffe with all the points for Marquette.
7:12 pm - Jacob Born
Sarina Simmons with a monster block on Brooke Brown of UNI!
7:09 pm - Jacob Born
Marquette gets its first points of the game from a drive to the basket by Plouffe. MU down 4-2 with 3 minutes into the game.
7:06 pm - Jacob Born
Sarina Simmons wins the tip and we are underway here at the Al!
7:03 pm - Jacob Born
Redshirt freshman lauren Tibbs, listed as probable for tonights game, will not be playing.
6:54 pm - Jacob Born
In the final game of the regular season, junior Katherine Plouffe scored her 1,000th career point. There will be a pre-game presentation before tip-off to celebrate her career milestone.
6:45 pm - Jacob Born
Your starters for the matchup tonight are Morse, Pumroy, Plouffe, Bigica and Simmons.
6:38 pm - Jacob Born
The Golden Eagles take the court for its final warmups. We’re just under 30 minutes from tip-off and there is still plenty of room in the student section.