Marquette Stuns No. 23/22 DePaul
Jan. 19, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Marquette responded from a sluggish start Saturday to knock off No. 23/22 DePaul by a final score of 65-56 from the Al McGuire Center. Junior Krystal Ellis netted 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second half and the Golden Eagles forced 24 turnovers to hold off their BIG EAST rival from the "Windy City."
DePaul started out strong, eventually pushing their game-opening lead to 13-4 as Marquette missed 10 of its first 12 attempts from the field, including a number of shots either under the basket or inside of the paint.
Marquette was able to turn things around near the midway point of the first half. A baseline drive by junior Kelly Lam resulted in an easy lay-up to make it a five-point deficit, 15-10, and ignited an 8-0 run for the Golden Eagles, capped off by a freshman Tatiyiana McMorris 3-pointer to knot the score at 15-15.
Following three more lead changes, freshman Angel Robinson laid in a basket at the 3:44 mark to give the Golden Eagles a 22-21 advantage, a lead that Marquette would not relinquish. Robinson finished with 13 points despite missing nearly half of the final period due to foul trouble.
DePaul, which connected on its first attempt from beyond the arc, finished by missing its next 15 shots from the perimeter. The Golden Eagles were not much better from the outside going 5-of-17 from 3-point range, but MU capitalized at the foul line where it was 18-of-26 on free throw attempts.
Allie Quigley paced the Blue Demons with 16 points, but struggled to find any rhythm. Quigley was 6-of-20 shooting from the field and her six turnovers was a game-high. DePaul, which had averaged 83.8 points per game, was held to its lowest point total since its 55-54 loss to Georgia Tech in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Women's Basketball Championships.
Marquette tallied 14 steals on the defensive end. The Golden Eagles entered Saturday's contest averaging 12.5 swipes per game, which ranked second in the BIG EAST and 11th in NCAA Division I. Meanwhile, MU turned the ball over just 15 times.
The Golden Eagles, who were playing their third nationally ranked opponent in as many games, snapped a two-game skid to improve to 10-7 (2-2 BIG EAST). Marquette has now won five of its last seven games against the Blue Demons (13-4, 2-2 BIG EAST), while DePaul has suffered losses in four of its last six games this season.
Marquette begins a two-game road swing at Louisville on Jan. 23. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.