Women's Basketball Breezes Past Providence, 72-43
Jan. 5, 2008
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.
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.
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."
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Freshman Angel Robinson
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