No. 5 Rutgers Slips Past Marquette, 65-61
Jan. 8, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Junior Krystal Ellis and freshman Angel Robinson each scored in double figures, but it was not enough as the Marquette women's basketball team dropped another close one to No. 5/5 Rutgers, 65-61, Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles fall to 9-6 overall, 1-1 in BIG EAST play, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 12-2, 2-0.
Essence Carson scored 17 points and Epiphanny Prince added five of her 17 points on free throws down the stretch to lead No. 5 Rutgers past Marquette 65-61 on Tuesday night.
Matee Ajavon scored 14 points for Rutgers (12-2, 2-0 Big East), which won its seventh straight game. Ajavon sat out the conference opener against St. John's on Jan. 5 in order to rebuild the strength in her legs.
Carson started after coming off the bench for the last two games. The senior, recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, was sidelined for three weeks with the injury, but only missed two games as Rutgers had an extended break for exams.
The Scarlet Knights held Marquette scoreless for the final 6:20 and went ahead to stay on five free throws by Prince for a 63-61 lead 4:16 to play. Carson hit two free throws for the final margin.
Ellis' layup gave Marquette a 61-58 lead before the Scarlet Knights turned up their defense. The Golden Eagles missed their last nine shots and two free throws in falling to Rutgers for the fourth time.
Rutgers fell behind by seven midway through the second half, but stayed close and went ahead 58-57 on Brittany Ray's long 3-pointer with 8:04 to go.
Trailing 41-33 early in the second half, Marquette used a 15-0 run capped by Ellis' two free throws with 14:58 left to play. Robinson had seven points and Ellis converted a four-point play to spark the comeback.
Post Game Quotes
Rutgers Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer
How did you feel you did compared to the St. John's game. Were you happier with this win?
Concerned about the fact that you had a 10 point lead and you were not able to extend that?
Neither team scored a field goal in the final six minutes. Do you feel fortunate to come out of here with a victory?
Marquette Head Coach Terri Mitchell
About the play of Angel Robinson:
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