Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review ...

Men?s Basketball (9-0)

? The Marquette men?s basketball team survived off its perimeter shooting and rebounding to take a 76-60 victory over South Dakota State on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles were able to convert on 10-of-25 three-point shooting while grabbing 42 boards compared to the Jackrabbits (1-6) 29. Steve Novak led the way for the Golden Eagles with 21 points after going five-for-nine from behind the arc. Novak?s 21 points were one shy of his season record set against Western Carolina on Nov. 14, 2004. Marquette began the second half with an eleven point lead that South Dakota State was able to chip away at to come within five at the 12 minute mark. After seeing their lead dwindle, the Golden Eagles, led by freshman Ryan Amoroso, stepped up their offense and were able to pull away in the remaining minutes.

Marquette exploded into Saturday?s game against Wisconsin, scoring 12 points in four minutes to run to a 63-54 victory over the 24th-ranked Badgers in front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd of 18,611. A stunned Wisconsin team, was unable to stop the scoring drive in the opening six minutes and watched as the Golden Eagles, led by senior point guard Travis Diener who scored 10 points in the first four minutes of play, jump out to a 12 -1 lead. Diener scored a team high 29 points in the win. Marquette won the rebounding battle, grabbing 44 boards to the Badgers? 28. Marcus Jackson increased his career-high rebounding record of 13 with his 15 total, 11 of which came in the second half.

Women?s Basketball (6-2)

? Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, Marquette mounted a comeback effort that came just short, falling to Iowa, 78-72, in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday night. Marquette?s comeback began down 69-56 when Danielle Kamm hit a three point basket to kick off a 9-4 Marquette that eventually closed the gap to one. The run ended on a three point basket by junior Carolyn Kieger and a pair of free throws by Christina Quaye. Iowa?s Jenna Armstrong hit a three-pointer with 3:16 to end that run and increase the lead back to four, but Marquette proved that it wouldn?t go away down the stretch closing the gap to four with just over a minute to play. Marquette cut Iowa?s lead to four, 76-72 with 58 seconds to play on a Kieger jumper. After a free throw by Jenna Armstrong, Marquette lost possession and was forced to foul Stacy Schlapkohl, who made one free throw to extend to the final margin. Kamm led Marquette with a career best 18 points. Kieger and Christina Quaye each added 17 for Marquette. Iowa was led by Johanna Solverson, who scored a career best 21 points.

Marquette?s three point efforts paced the Golden Eagles to a decisive 78-61 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday. Junior guard Carolyn Kieger led Marquette with 21 points. Senior guard Lesley Juedes tied her career high with 17 points. The Golden Eagles hit a season-high nine three-point baskets. Juedes finished the game with five three-point baskets. Marquette hit 9-of-17 threes for the game. Marquette raced out to a big lead, taking a 30-17 advantage just 10:18 into the contest. Marquette was on fire in the first half, hitting 45.7 percent of its shots. Juedes led the way with 11 points by the break, hitting her first three three-point shots of the game. Rebounding led Marquette to its big win as well. Marquette out-rebounded Rhode Island 42-23 for the game, led by seven from junior forward Efueko Osagie. Marquette had 17 of its rebounds on the offensive end, leading to 19 second chance points.

Games to Watch ...

Saturday, Dec. 18

? Men?s basketball takes its undefeated record to the court after a week off for finals with a contest against another ranked team. Marquette hosts 15th ranked Arizona at the Bradley Center at 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19

? The women?s basketball team has a home game against a ranked team just 24 hours after the men?s game with Arizona. The Marquette women host fifth-ranked Notre Dame at the Al McGuire Center at 1 p.m.

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