No. 21 Golden Eagles Post 65-54 Victory Over No. 20 Louisville
Feb. 17, 2007
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette now has the inside track on second place in the Big East Conference, thanks in large part to Christina Quaye and Krystal Ellis. Quaye scored 20 points and Ellis added 19 to lead No. 21 Marquette to a 65-54 win over No. 19 Louisville on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (22-4, 10-3 Big East) led 34-30 at halftime and opened the second half with a 12-1 run.
Much of Marquette's success came on the defensive end, where it forced 26 turnovers, which it turned into 23 points.
"Their man-to-man pressure was big," Louisville coach Tom Collen said. "Their pressure hounded us. My team has to figure a way to play pitch and catch. You turn the ball over 26 times, you're not going to beat a team like Marquette."
Louisville (22-5, 8-5), which trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half made a late run to get within five points at 59-54. Marquette, though, made plays down the stretch.
"There wasn't a player today that didn't help out on the court," Marquette coach Terri Mitchell said.
Marquette has three games left on its regular-season schedule, so Mitchell isn't worried about second place just yet.
"This was a big game for us in many ways," Mitchell said. "We just needed a solid win against a great team. This will give us a boost of confidence."
With the loss, Louisville's quest for a second-place conference finish is unlikely.
"This was a key game," Collen said. "The winner of this game has a shot at second place for the Big East Tournament, which is big."
Angel McCoughtry scored 19 of her 29 points in the first half for Louisville. She also had 10 rebounds and six steals.
Mitchell said she was a target for her defense the entire game.
"Angel's an outstanding player that we had to pay attention to," Mitchell said. "She kept her team in it. We did a much better job on her in the second half."