March 7, 2013
The Marquette University women's basketball team will begin postseason play when it makes its eighth appearance in the BIG EAST Conference Championship at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., March 8-12.
Marquette (15-14, 7-9 BIG EAST) earned the No. 10 seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Women's Basketball Championship and will play 15th-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers (9-20, 0-16 BIG EAST) in the first round on Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. CT.
The game's action can be seen live on the BIG EAST's website through the conference's official stream video platform, BIGEAST.tv. A live audio stream will also be available on GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed on the call.
In the lone meeting between the programs this season, Marquette earned a 74-65 victory over Pittsburgh (Jan. 19) at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Redshirt freshman Lauren Tibbs paced the Golden Eagles in the contest with a career-high 14 points, while junior Katherine Plouffe posted 13 points and nine rebounds.The Panthers had four players score in double figures during the Jan. 19 contest, led by sophomore Brianna Kiesel's 18 points.
Since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, Marquette and Pittsburgh have met on 11 occasions. The Golden Eagles own a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series history and have recorded victories in the last five meetings, including a 65-61 win over the Panthers in the first round of the 2011 league tournament.
Marquette enters post-season play riding a three-game win streak. Most recently, the Golden Eagles claimed a 51-48 victory at Georgetown (March 2) and a 72-58 win over Cincinnati (March 4) to grab sole possession of the No. 10 seed.
Plouffe leads Marquette this season with 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while sophomore Arlesia Morse has helped with the scoring effort by posting 12.4 points in MU's games this season.
Pittsburgh has dropped 16-straight games coming into the conference tournament, all of which have been against BIG EAST opponents. Kiesel leads the Panthers with 15.0 points per game, while teammate Asia Logan has chipped in 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
The Golden Eagles are 4-7 all-time in the BIG EAST Conference Championship, and advanced to the second round in 2012 after topping Cincinnati 54-51 in the tournament-opener. Marquette advanced as far as the semifinals in 2007 where it fell to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Rutgers, 63-55.