Marquette Athletics Weekly Report
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The Week in Review ...
Men’s Basketball (19-11, 7-9 C-USA)
• TCU’s Corey Santee hit a three-pointer with 11.8 seconds left in overtime to lift TCU to a 60-57 win over Marquette in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament from FedEx Forum on Thursday.
Steve Novak scored a game-high 16 points, but the Golden Eagles (19-11) were unable to pull off any late-second heroics. Todd Townsend had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Dameon Mason chipped in 12 points for Marquette.
TCU’s Nile Murry was fouled late in the extra session and made both shots for a 56-55 TCU lead. Todd Townsend's slam, however, put Marquette back in front by one. With 18.8 seconds left, Aaron Curtis was fouled in the paint and knocked down 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 57-57.
Marquette had to go the length of the court, but turned the ball over during the inbounds pass. Murry found an open Santee, whose three-pointer put TCU in front, 60-57, with 11.8 seconds left.
Men’s Tennis (8-8)
• Coming away from Wednesday night’s road match against Wisconsin with a 6-1 loss, the Marquette men’s tennis teams evens its record at 8-8.
The Golden Eagles claimed the No. 2 doubles pro set in a quick 8-3 decision by Brett Binkley and Pete Van Lieshout. Marquette couldn’t close out the Nos. 1 and 3 sets, however, and entered singles play without the doubles point.
Van Lieshout, the only Wisconsinite on the roster, was the sole Golden Eagle to take his singles match. He defeated Steve Guntly, 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 6 battle.
Women’s Tennis (3-10)
• The Marquette women’s tennis team was defeated, 7-0, by 44th ranked Western Michigan Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Marquette started out the evening battling for the doubles point. In all three matches the Golden Eagles were not able to come up with wins. Only the duo of Andrea Bukacek and Katie Donovan were able to take the match from Colleen Mead and Pryanka Parekh, 8-1, in an exhibition No. 4 match.
On Saturday, the team lost to no. 42 Michigan, 6-1, on the road in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their record drops to 3-10 on the season. Freshman Erin Watkins was the only player to see success for the Golden Eagles, defeating Allie Shafner, 7-6, 6-1, 1-0, at No. 4.
• Marquette senior Travis Diener was named to the 2005 Men’s Basketball All-Conference USA First Team on March 7.
Games to Watch ...
Monday, March 14
• The Marquette men’s basketball team begins its quest for a NIT title when it hosts Western Michigan at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
• The Marquette golf team takes part in the Naples Intercollegiate in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Tuesday, March 15
• The golfers wrap up play in the Naples Intercollegiate.
Thursday, March 17
• The Marquette women’s basketball team opens up play in the WNIT, hosting Nebraska at 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.
Saturday, March 19
• The track and field teams open up the outdoor season in the South Alabama Invitational.