WBB Set For Contest vs. Villanova Sunday

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MILWAUKEE — The Marquette women’s basketball team (11-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) is completing a three-game home stand this weekend at the Al McGuire Center, which hosted Villanova (8-6, 2-3 BIG EAST). is Sunday 16 January. The game ends at 1 p.m. CT and will air on CBS Sports Network with Joel Godett (play-by-play) and Kelly Burke (analyst) in conversation. Live stats are available on GoMarquette.com.

The Golden Eagles currently sit fourth in the league standings with an overall record of 11-4 and a 4-2 mark in conference play. Marquette already has two wins this week, beating DePaul in an overtime thriller on Wednesday and beating Georgetown on Friday. MU has a perfect 9-0 at home this season.

Villanova had won five straight games before losing a Friday contest 75-63 to DePaul. The Wildcats go into Sunday’s game 8-6 overall and sixth in the league with a 2-3 mark. Villanova has split their eight away games this season 4-4.

The Golden Eagles lead the all-time streak against Villanova 18-10, including wins in 10 of the last 11 matchups. Last season, MU recorded a 65-57 win over the Wildcats in Milwaukee and a 95-77 win at the Finneran Pavilion.

Villanova has been led this season by the outstanding performance of youngster Maddy Siegrist, who averages team-best scores of 23.9 points and 10.0 boards per competition. After missing a handful of games in November, Siegrist has scored more than 20 points in all six games since returning to the lineup. Junior guard Brooke Mullin leads the roster with 2.9 assists per contest. The Wildcats are in their second season training with Denise Dillon’s program.

RECOGNIZING THE WILDCATS

• Villanova goes into the competition with an overall record of 8-6, including a 2-3 mark in BIG EAST matchups.

• The Wildcats were on a five-game winning streak before losing 75-63 to DePaul on Friday night. They have BIG EAST victories against Seton Hall (76-73) and St. John’s (70-68).

• In 2020/21, Villanova finished 17-7 with a 9-5 record in league play. It was ranked fifth in this year’s BIG EAST Preseason poll.

• The Wildcats are 4-4 this season.

• Despite playing just eight games this season, junior guard Maddy Siegrist led the team with an outstanding 23.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She comes into Sunday after scoring more than 20 points in six straight games.

• Graduate forward Brianna Herlihy is third in the BIG EAST with 8.6 rebounds per match.

• Villanova ranks second in the league for revenue margin (+1.5) and third for lowest revenue per game (14.0).

ALL TIME SERIES AGAINST VILLANOVA

• Sunday’s game marks the 29th all-time meeting between Marquette and Georgetown, a streak that began in 2006.

• The Golden Eagles lead the all-time streak 18-10, including wins in 10 of their last 11 games.

• The teams met twice last season, with Marquette winning 65-57 in Milwaukee and 95-77 in Villanova.

START FIVE

• The Golden Eagles are 31-11 in conference under Coach Duffy.

• Coach Duffy had the best three-season coaching start of any coach in program history. She has an overall grade of 54-19 (.740) in Marquette.

• Under Coach Duffy, the Golden Eagles lead 44-1 when they lead at halftime and 30-3 when they turn the ball less than their opponents.

• MU is 29-3 when he scores 70+ points under Coach Duffy and 36-4 when he shoots more free throws than his opponent.

• In the 73 games of the Coach-Duffy era, the Golden Eagles have overtaken their opponents in 61 of those games (48-14 record).

LAST TIME-OUT

• Marquette defeated Georgetown in dominant fashion on Friday, 68-32.

• The Golden Eagles never fell behind in this contest as they held the Hoyas to just 32 points, 15th fewer by a Marquette opponent in program history.

Karissa McLaughlin came just a 3-point shy of tying the program’s single-game record when she finished with seven triples, including six in the first half.

• At the second start of her career Rose Nkumu handed out a career-high nine assists, the most by any Marquette player this season.

• Marquette forced 20 turnovers while committing just 11 and won the rebound fight 51-33.

LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE

• Along with rebounds and strong fundamentals, defense has become one of Marquette’s calling cards under Coach Duffy.

• The Golden Eagles are keeping their opponents at a league-best 55.5 points per game this season, while six opponents remain under 50 points.

• Additionally, Marquette is second in the BIG EAST in forced turnovers (17.1) and 3-point field goal defense (25.3%) and third in field goal defense (36.4%).

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

• MU have built one of the best home field advantages in the country since the 2016-17 season with a 70-11 record at the Al McGuire Center.

• The Golden Eagles are perfectly 9-0 at home this year, winning eight of those games by double digits and beating their opponents 691-457 (76.8-50.8).

• Marquette is just 17:43 behind in 365 minutes at home this season.

THE MCLAUGHLIN EFFECT

• Marquette guarded Karissa McLaughlin as an off-season graduate with hopes that she can make an immediate impact, and so far she has done just that.

• McLaughlin, Purdue’s all-time leading 3-pointer, is having the best shooting season of her career, shooting 43.4 percent efficient (42 of 93) from 3-point range, ranked 14th in the nation.

• Currently ranks ninth among active Division I players with 286 career triples.

• McLaughlin has had six games over 20 points as the best team this season, including a season-high 26 points against Seton Hall, where they finished 6-of-10 from behind the arc.

• She hit 1,500 career points against Georgetown on Jan. 14 and currently sits at 1,514 career points.

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