Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review ...

Women?s Basketball (13-4, 4-2 BIG EAST)

? Led by four players in double figures, Marquette won its second straight contest in BIG EAST play defeating Pittsburgh, 71-62, in its first ever matchup with the Panthers Wednesday at the Al McGuire Center. Junior Jasmine McCullough tallied a team-high 14 points, on 6-for-11 shooting from the field. Freshman Krystal Ellis added 13 points while junior Christina Quaye tallied 11 points and six rebounds. Ellis poured in a career-high 23 points, including 19 in the second half, as Marquette took home a terrific come-from-behind win, 80-75, at West Virginia on Saturday. Marquette trailed 23-2 to open the game, but played steady after that to come from behind.

Men?s Basketball (14-5, 4-2 BIG EAST)

? Freshman Dominic James scored a career-high 29 points and senior Steve Novak added 24 to lead Marquette to a 82-79 win over DePaul on Tuesday. Marquette was able to hold off a furious Blue Demons rally. DePaul was able to cut a 24-point deficit to two points inside a minute left. Freshman Jerel McNeal finished with 11 points and seven assists for Marquette. A game-high 28 points from senior Steve Novak including the game-winning basket with 1.1 seconds left in the game, combined with McNeal and James each scoring in double figures, led Marquette to a 67-65 victory over Notre Dame in front of a school-record crowd of 18,874 fans at the Bradley Center on Friday. Novak surpassed 300 three-point field goals made in his career, becoming one of four active players to have passed that mark.

Women?s Tennis (0-1)

? The Marquette women?s tennis team began the 2006 spring season with a tough 6-1 loss to no. 53 Illinois on Friday. Sophomore Maria Calbeto won at no. 1 singles, to give Marquette its lone point of the match, defeating Macall Hawkins, 2-6, 7-6, 13-11.

Indoor Track & Field

? The Marquette men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed at the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Senior Brent Des Roches placed second overall in the 3,000m run, clocking a time of 8:11.32 ? besting the previous meet record of 8:13.05. It was also the second-best time in school history. Junior Michaela Courtney led a full Marquette contingency in the mile, finishing third in a time of 4:49.30, qualifying her for the BIG EAST championship. Senior Emily Leklem finished third in the shot put, with a toss of 45- 6 1/4.

Congratulations ...

? Freshman Dominic James was named BIG EAST Men?s Basketball Rookie of the Week on Monday, January 16.

Games to Watch ...

Wednesday, January 25

? Men?s tennis opens its spring season hosting UIC at 4 p.m. at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
? Women?s basketball visits traditional power Villanova at 7:30 p.m. EST.
? Men?s basketball plays DePaul for the second time in a week, hosting the Blue Demons at the Bradley Center at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 27

? The indoor track and field teams take part in the Notre Dame Invitational at 3 p.m. EST.
? Women?s tennis visits Iowa at 6 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa.

Saturday, January 28

? Men?s basketball visits Pittsburgh for a key BIG EAST matchup at noon EST. That game airs locally on WMLW Ch. 41.
? Women?s basketball returns home taking on Seton Hall at the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 29

? Men?s tennis continues its season-opening homestand, hosting Wright State at 10 a.m. at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.


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