Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review ...

Men?s Basketball (19-12)

? Marquette lost to Western Michigan, 54-40, Monday at the Bradley Center in the first round of the 2005 National Invitation Tournament ending the Golden Eagles? season and their 10-year run in Conference USA. The school will enter the BIG EAST conference next season. After shooting 36-percent in the first half, the Golden Eagles, playing without senior guard Travis Diener, then fell to 22.6-percent in the second, allowing the Broncos to score 15 points off of 13 Marquette turnovers. Dameon Mason led all Golden Eagle scorers with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Jackson contributed 11 boards while Todd Townsend chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

Women?s Basketball (18-12)

? Marquette?s Thursday night effort wasn?t enough to topple Nebraska in a 66-57 Al McGuire Center loss in a 2005 Postseason Sportsview.tv WNIT First Round Game. Marquette?s biggest struggle came from the three-point line as the team went 2- for-20 with both treys coming late in the game from Lesley Juedes. Nebraska, however, connected on seven of 15 from behind the arc. Junior Carolyn Kieger led Marquette scorers with 14 points, Jasmine McCullough had 13 and Christina Quaye chipped in 10.

Outdoor Track and Field

? The Marquette women's track and field team highlighted a successful opening to the outdoor season with seven event wins at the Third Annual USA Jaguar Premier in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday. Senior Crystal Andalcio-O'Neil shined in the first event of the season, taking first place in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Sophomore Michaela Courtney also turned in a strong meet on the women's side. She claimed first place in the 1,500 meters, posting a mark of 4:44.67. Junior Jodi Jakubek also won the 3,000 meters. Junior Emily Leklem, freshman Jessica Ehlen and senior Andrea Engelman picked up wins in the field events.

On the men?s side, Marquette picked up three first place finishes, led by a win by the 4x400-meter relay team. Sophomore Zach Palowski claimed first in the pole vault with by clearing 15-feet, setting a new school record and improving on his personal best by four inches. Freshman Raymond Bratchett won the 110-hurdles with a time of 16.04. He also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet-6 3/4 inches.

Golf

? Junior Kyle Murphy shot an even par 72 to finish one-under at the Naples Intercollegiate on Tuesday to lead Marquette to a fourth place finish. The Golden Eagles were in sixth after 36 holes and leap-frogged Portland in the standings. Marquette also caught Wisconsin to tie the Badgers for fourth place at nine-over, 873. Murphy turned in a one-under par in Monday's first round and followed that up with a 72 later in the day. He match his second round score with another 72 in the third round to become the top Marquette finisher. Freshman Ted Gray stopped his streak of being the top team finisher, but still turned in a fine tournament. He carded a 69 in the second round, finishing in a tie for 20th at four-over, 220. Sophomore Michael Bielawski also finished at 220 in 20th place.

Games to Watch ...

Tuesday, March 22

? After a 10-day break, the women?s tennis team returns to action in the middle of an eight-match road swing. The Golden Eagles visit SMU at 2 p.m. in Dallas, Texas.

Wednesday, March 23

? The men?s tennis team takes part in the 16-team Boise State Invitational. Marquette joins Boise State, Ball State, Bradley, BYU, Cal Poly, the College of Santa Fe, Gonzaga, Lewis and Clark, Montana State-Billings, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Mexico State, Wichita State, and Whitman.

Marquette opens the tournament taking on Nebraska at 9 a.m. MST. The Golden Eagles will also meet either Northern Arizona or the College of Santa Fe at 1:30 p.m. MST that day.

Thursday, March 24

? Women?s tennis continues its two-match tour of the Texas metroplex, visiting Texas-Arlington at 1 p.m.

Friday, March 25

? The golf team travels to Orlando, Fla. to take on Wisconsin in a head to head match as part of a warm-up for the March 28-29 Pinehurst Intercollegiate.

? Men?s tennis returns to action in the Boise State Invitational, taking on either Boise State, Whitman, New Mexico State or MSU-Billings at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. MST.

Saturday, March 26

? Men?s tennis plays in the final round of the Boise State Invitational.

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