Marquette Athletics Weekly Report
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The Week in Review ...
Men?s Basketball (12-1)
? A solid 65-55 win over Coppin State on Wednesday at the Bradley Center improved Marquette?s record to 11-1, the Golden Eagles best start since the 1978-79 season. After surviving a first half run by Coppin State, the Golden Eagles were able to spend the second half maintaining its advantage. Marquette started the game with a full court press that caused Coppin State to turn over the ball and allowed the Golden Eagles to jump out to an early 11-2 lead. After a brief run by Coppin State in the game's first twelve minutes that gave them a one point lead, Todd Townsend hit the first of his pair of three-pointers to reclaim the lead. Marquette never trailed past that point. Steve Novak?s three first half treys kept Marquette clipping on offense and gave them the eight point halftime lead.
? Marcus Jackson?s career-high 16 rebounds led Marquette to a 91-57 win over IPFW at the Bradley Center on Sunday night. With the victory, the Golden Eagles are off to their best start since the 1977-78 team opened the season 15-1. Playing with an injured right shoulder, Jackson grabbed 11 boards in the first half helping move the Marquette offense into high gear. Jackson?s previous high, 15, came in Marquette's 63-54 victory over No. 22 Wisconsin on December 11. Despite struggling early on offensively, the Golden Eagles used swarming defense to force turnovers and fast break situations. Jackson helped Marquette?s offense start clicking when he got a put back off a Todd Townsend missed three pointer eight minutes into the game. That basket spurred a nine point Golden Eagle run and Marquette never looked back.
Women?s Basketball (9-4)
? Christina Quaye scored a career high 26 points ? 25 of which came in the second half ? and Carolyn Kieger had a career best 14 assists, but it wasn?t enough as Mississippi defeated Marquette, 80-66 in the first round of the Surf ?n Slam Classic in San Diego on Tuesday night. Quaye scored Marquette?s first 14 points in the second half as she established inside dominance. She had 11 layups in the second half, most of those on Kieger assists. Marquette?s defensive efforts provided 11 blocked shots ? one shy of tying the team single game record ? but Mississippi out-rebounded Marquette 42-38 and grabbed eight more offensive boards than the Golden Eagles.
? A torrid shooting pace and taking care of the basketball were the elements of a Marquette victory, 81-74, over San Diego in the consolation game of the Surf ?n Slam Classic on Thursday night. Marquette hit a season best 56.4 percent and had just 10 turnovers. Sophomore forward Christina Quaye led the Marquette effort with 19 points, the third time in the last four games she has hit the 19 point mark. The 85 points also marked a season high for Marquette.
? Marquette held Penn State guard Tanisha Wright to 10 points ? 19 below her season scoring average ? and shut down the Lady Lions in the last four minutes en route to a 63-51 win Sunday evening at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette closes out the non-conference schedule with a 9-4 record, while Penn State, who had the second ranked strength of schedule coming into the game, moves to 6-6. Christina Quaye scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Marquette effort.
Games to Watch ...
Saturday, Jan. 8
? The Marquette men?s basketball team visits Tulane for its first conference game of the season at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 9
? The Marquette women?s basketball team hosts DePaul in its first conference game at 3 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center in a nationally-televised contest on ESPN2.
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