Women's Basketball Breezes Past Providence, 72-43

Jan. 5, 2008

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team scored 25 unanswered points in the first half, as the host Golden Eagles opened play in the BIG EAST on Saturday with a convincing 72-43 win over Providence at the Al McGuire Center.

Five different Marquette players scored during the 25-0 run, the team's longest of the season, in which the visiting Friars attempted 18 field goals without a basket.

The run was capped off by a Janelle Harris lay-up with 7:27 remaining in the first half to give the Golden Eagles a 28-6 cushion. Marquette would lead 43-15 at intermission, its largest halftime lead of the season.

Marquette shot 43.9 percent (14-29) from the floor and went 13-of-17 from the foul line, while Providence shot 7-of-35 from the field and didn't get to the charity stripe once in the first period.

Providence's first free throw didn't come until the 9:21 mark in the second half. The Friars ended up 5-of-7 from the free throw line, compared to the Golden Eagles who connected on 17-of-26 free throw attempts.

Freshman Angel Robinson netted 10 of her career-high 16 points in the first half to lead the Golden Eagles offensively. Robinson finished the day making 8-of-12 from the field.

All-America candidate Krystal Ellis followed with 12 points, while junior Kelly Lam missed her first career double-double by one point, finishing with nine points and a career-best 12 boards.

Friars freshman Trinity Hull was the game's leading scorer, posting a career-high 25 points. Providence was without the services of 2007 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Chelsea Farandole who is out for the 2007-08 season with an injury.

With the win, Marquette improved to 7-1 on its home court and 9-5 overall (1-0 BIG EAST). Meanwhile, the Friars have its two-game win streak snapped and fall to 10-4 overall (0-1 BIG EAST).

The Golden Eagles have won five straight conference openers and are now 8-4 in those contests under Mitchell, including an 8-2 record in Milwaukee.

Marquette continues BIG EAST action on Tuesday, Jan. 8 when the Golden Eagles host Rutgers. MU shared second place in the league following the 2006-07 season with a 12-4 conference record. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.

Rutgers was picked to finish second in the league, according to the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Scarlet Knights are currently ranked in the top-10 nationally in both major polls.

Post-game Quotes

Head Coach Terri Mitchell

We're all very excited about starting BIG EAST play because we know that we are playing in the best conference in the nation and we've had 13 games to learn a lot of things. What we've stressed is that all that we have learned, it is time to put it out on the court. Obviously, we didn't expect to win by the margin of victory that we did, but at the end of the day all that I care about is how hard we played. Whether it is a two-point game or a 30-point game, it's how hard you play. I was encouraged by that. I was encouraged by Angel Robinson. She understands that it is not about being a freshman anymore. It is just about total intensity and the impact that she can make in the BIG EAST."

On next three opponents being ranked:
"That's the conference that we play in and we're really excited about it. We're going to get tougher and we're going to get better because of it. Whether we win or lose, we're never going to step onto the court and look at someone's record and take a backseat. We're going to play hard and we're going to go at them, and we're going to be aggressive and see what happens. The mentality of the players is that they know the hard work and dedication that it takes to be successful in our conference. We're going to keep going after it. We have two days to prepare for Rutgers. Everybody knows how good Rutgers is. There isn't a person in the world that would think we would beat them, but all I care about is what my team believes when they step on the court."

On first half run:
"I don't know if I thought it was amazing, I was just really happy with the focus and low turnovers and how we were setting each other up with the unselfish play. Everyone scored on our team. How everyone looks for each other. It isn't about superstars, it is about togetherness. That's what brings us success.

On freshman Angel Robinson:
"I grabbed her before the game and told her we need your emotion and leadership. It isn't about your age; it is about your ability. Angel is one of the most talented players that I have ever coached. She has a love and passion for this game. She makes Krystal (Ellis) better and Krystal makes her better. I think all of our guards, the way they push the ball helps us. I told Angel, you go until you are stopped. I think that helps her relax out there because she has my permission to just go and set people up. If anything she is a little unselfish and I would like her to be more selfish. I loved her stat line tonight. Taking the shots and getting to the rim. But I am proud of her. Everything that she does in the game is because of everything that she puts out there on the court."

Freshman Angel Robinson

On game being fun:
"It was pretty fun. The team was playing together, so it makes it easier for myself playing. I just went out there and played with my heart and contributed to the team. Any thing I did made us better. I was excited. Everyone was up and going.

On difference playing first BIG EAST game:
"It was a little different because it's the start of conference season. Everyone on the team was pumped. If I see that much in my team, then I would be pumped. I was ready to play and I think we all were.




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