MILWAUKEE — Marquette shot 55 percent in the first half and built a 12-0 lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff would not recover from Monday, racing to a 96-44 women’s basketball win at the Al McGuire Center.
Five Marquette players scored in double figures, led by Arlesia Morse’s 19 points. UAPB (1-1) had three players each with nine points — Christian Lasane, Cassidy Wright and Carlisha Walker — but none in double figures.
The host Golden Eagles (2-0) finished shooting 45.7 percent from the field (32 of 70) and dominated the Lady Lions on the boards, outrebounding them 70-22. That led to a 37-1 Marquette advantage in second-chance points.
The Lady Lions also struggled to slow down the Golden Eagles on the fast break, where they outscored the visitors 28-4.
Morse knocked down 6 of 12 shots and added six rebounds. Katherine Plouffe had 18 points and 13 rebounds, hitting 10 of 11 free throws in the process, Apiew Ojulu contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, Katie Young had 12 points and 11 boards and Brooklyn Pumroy added 11 points for the Golden Eagles.
Jasmine Johnson, Lasane and Walker each had three rebounds to lead UAPB.
The Lady Lions converted only 17 of 53 field goals for 32.1 percent and were colder at the free throw line, making 7 of 26 for 26.9 percent. Marquette converted 28 of 44 at the stripe for 63.6 percent.
Monday’s game was a homecoming for 5-foot-10 freshman Johnson, who hails from Milwaukee.