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WBB: Wake Forest drops opener to Marquette, 90-71

Wake Forest opened up the regular season Saturday, falling 90-71 to Marquette.

Chelsea Douglas
Chelsea Douglas
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

WFU vs Marquette Box Score courtesy Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications

Senior Chelsea Douglas poured in 26 points and junior Dearica Hamby scored 23, but the Wake Forest women's basketball team fell to Marquette in its season opener Saturday, 90-71. The Golden Eagles (1-0) were lead by the post tandem of Katherine Plouffe and Apiew Ojulu, who scored 26 and 22 points respectively, while collecting 17 rebounds between them.

Five freshman made their regular season debuts for the Deacs, with Ataijah Taylor scoring 12 points in 29 minutes of action. Jill Brunori, back from a bout of mononucleosis, logged 22 minutes and scored 22 for the Deacs. The Deacs were crushed in the rebounding battle, 50-28, a stat that will surely grab head coach Jen Hoover's attention.  In addition to their rebounding woes, Deacons shot only 57% from the foul line.

Wake Forest (0-1) briefly held a 7-point lead in the first half before the Golden Eagles assumed control. Marquette stretched the lead out to 21 in the second half as they salted their first win of the season away.

The Deacs next host Campbell on Wednesday night at Joel Coliseum. Tip time is 7:00 p.m. and parking is free.