Marquette Athletics Weekly Report
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The Week in Review ...
Women?s Basketball (10-3, 1-1 BIG EAST)
? Despite a strong second half push, cutting a pair of 14-point leads to just six, the Marquette women?s basketball team had its eight-game win streak snapped on Wednesday, 64-56, to Virginia at the Al McGuire Center. Junior center Christina Quaye led all scorers with 17 points. Virginia's Tiffany Sardin scored 14 to lead the Cavaliers. Lyndra Littles grabbed 14 boards for UVa. Marquette had several opportunities to lower its six-point deficit late, but could not make a final game-ending run. Down 59-53 with 2:20 to play, Marquette went 1-for-8 to end the game. Freshman Krystal Ellis scored a career-high 17 points but it was not enough as Marquette dropped a 67-52 decision at home to no. 13/11 DePaul on Saturday. Ellis was 7-for-13 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from the perimeter. She also added four rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes of action.
Men?s Basketball (11-4, 1-1 BIG EAST)
? Steve Novak registered career-highs with 41 points and 16 rebounds, leading the men?s basketball team to a 94-79 upset victory of second ranked Connecticut in their BIG EAST opener in front of an electrified crowd of 15,831 at the Bradley Center on Tuesday. The 41 points set a new record for most points scored in a BIG EAST debut and tied for the fifth-highest total in school history. Freshman Jerel McNeal also had a career night with his first collegiate double-double, with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Cincinnati?s Eric Hicks? triple double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks proved to be too much as MU was narrowly defeated by Cincinnati, 70-66, on Saturday. Novak collected his second straight double double with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Dominic James led all MU scorers with 18 points. McNeal also added 16 points in the loss.
Games to Watch
Tuesday, January 10
? Women?s basketball meets an old foe in its first BIG EAST road contest. The Golden Eagles face Notre Dame for the 33rd meeting, this time as conference opponents. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. EST start at Notre Dame, Ind.
Wednesday, January 11
? Men?s basketball plays away from home for the first time in the BIG EAST. Marquette starts a three-game trip with a visit to Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m. EST in East Rutherford, N.J.
Saturday, January 14
? Indoor track continues its season after a multi-week break. Marquette takes part in the Badger Track and Field Classic in Madison at 10 a.m.
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