Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review ...

Volleyball (17-13)

? Despite 15 kills from junior Jamie Mueller, Marquette fell to Western Michigan in the second match of the Marquette Battle for the Bird, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-27) on Friday night. Senior outside hitter Theresa Coughlin also recorded a double figure mark in kills with 12. On Saturday, MU wrapped up MU?s Battle for the Bird and the 2005 season with a 3-0 sweep (30-25, 30-24, 30-27) of three-time Mid-Continent Conference Champion Valparaiso. Mueller, who was named All-Tournament, and sophomore Kim Todd led Marquette with 15 kills a piece, while Mueller added 13 digs and three blocks to earn her 14th double double of the season.

Cross Country

? The Marquette women's cross country team placed 29th on Monday at the 2005 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. Junior Michaela Courtney was the Golden Eagles' top finisher, crossing the finish line in 112th place, covering the six-kilometer course in a time of 21:14.3. Sophomore Cassie Peller was next, finishing in 142nd place (21:28.5) while senior Susie Emond was 175th (21:50.6). This was the Golden Eagles' sixth consecutive trip to the national championship race. Marquette is one of just 10 schools to have qualified for the previous six NCAA cross country championships.

Women?s Basketball (3-1)

? Senior Carolyn Kieger had a game-high 16 points, while Christina Quaye and Danielle Kamm each had 12, as Northern Colorado downed the Golden Eagles, 57-54, on Friday night in the first round of the Wingate Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. Kieger was 5-for-9 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from three-point land. She also added five rebounds and seven assists. Quaye and Kamm pulled down 11 and eight rebounds, respectively. Junior Jasmine McCullough's career-high 19 points led all scorers, as Marquette downed host Montana State on Saturday, 76-48. With the win, the Golden Eagles captured the third-place game in the Wingate Classic. McCullough was 5-for-10 from the floor and converted on 9-of-10 from the charity stripe - all in the second half.

Men?s Basketball (5-1)

? The Marquette men?s basketball team won its second Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title in as many tries, winning three games in four days to take the tournament crown. Senior Steve Novak was named the tournament?s Most Outstanding Player, while freshman Jerel McNeal and freshman Dominic James were named All Tournament. Senior Joe Chapman came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points leading Marquette to an 83-73 victory over Eastern Washington in the opening round on Wednesday night. Five players scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles, with freshman Jerel McNeal, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews scoring 15, 14 and 12, respectively, and senior Steve Novak adding 11 points. James led four Marquette players in double figures with 15 points as the Golden Eagles held off Oral Roberts for a 73-70 victory in the first semifinal on Friday. James also dished eight assists for MU. Sophomore Ryan Amoroso scored 30 points, including the last five of the game, to help Marquette to its second Great Alaska Shootout title with a 92-89 overtime victory over South Carolina. Novak poured in 28 points for the Golden Eagles. Amoroso and Novak both put up career-high point totals, while Amoroso tied his career-best with 12 rebounds.

Congratulations ...

? Freshman Guard Dominic James was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week by the league office on Monday, November 21.

Games to Watch ...

Monday, November 30

? Fresh off its Great Alaska Shootout Title, the Marquette men?s basketball team finishes its four-game road swing taking on Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 2

? Beginning a hectic three games in six day stretch, the women?s basketball team travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 3

? Indoor track gets a jump on its 2006 schedule with the UWM Developmental meet at the Klotsche Center on the campus of Wis.-Milwaukee. ? Men?s basketball returns home to take on South Dakota State at 1 p.m. at the Bradley Center.

Sunday, December 4

? Women?s basketball plays its final out-of-conference test before opening up BIG EAST play. The Golden Eagles host Rhode Island at 2 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.

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