Milwaukee, Wi (WSAU) The Marquette women's basketball team edged Wisconsin 54-to-52 last night in Milwaukee. The Badgers were up by three with just over two minutes to go. Gabi Minix hit a layup to put Marquette within one -- and then Katherine Plouffe made two free throws with 1:45 left, which put the Golden Eagles in front for good. Sarina Simmons sealed the victory by hitting two free throws with five seconds left. Jade Davis made a three-pointer for Wisconsin at the buzzer.
Simmons scored a game-high 23 points, as Marquette out-shot the Badgers 35-to-31 percent from the floor. Sophomore Morgan Paige led Wisconsin with a career-high 16 points. The Badgers had a slight edge in rebounds, 34-33. Marquette improved to 2-and-0, while Wisconsin fell to 1-and-2. The Badgers return home on Friday night to play Washington State. Marquette will host Georgia Tech on Saturday night. The Wisconsin men will host Colgate tonight, and both teams will try to go 2-and-0. The 14th-ranked Badgers are coming off an 85-to-31 home rout of Kennesaw State last Saturday, in which they made 15-of-25 from three-point range.
Colgate won its season opener for the first time in three years, edging Binghamton 78-to-74 last Saturday night. Senior guard Mike Venezia led the Raiders with 22 points, and he was named the Patriot League's player-of-the-week.
Also tonight, the U-W Green Bay men will play at North Dakota State. And the Green Bay women are home against Toledo.