Golden Eagles Top UW-Parkside, 67-46, in Exhibition Finale
Nov. 10, 2008
A 23-6 run in the middle of the first half propelled the Marquette women's basketball team to a 67-46 victory over UW-Parkside in its exhibition finale Monday night.
Senior Krystal Ellis and sophomore Jocelyn Mellen led the Golden Eagles is scoring with nine points each, while Mellen also led the team in rebounding with five boards. Both Ellis and Mellen scored all of their points in the first half and played only 36 minutes combined.
A three pointer to open the scoring was the only lead that UW-Parkside would have as Mellen picked up the pace early on, accounting for eight of Marquette's first 11 points. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, Mellen spent a majority of the first half on the bench as she picked up three early fouls and eventually burned all five fouls with 7:12 left in the second half. In addition to nine first half points, Mellen racked up four first half rebounds, two steals and an assist.
With the score sitting at 13-10, All-America candidate Krystal Ellis made her presence felt with two straight three-pointers to push Marquette's lead to 19-10. After building their largest lead of the first half at 32-14, Marquette went into the break leading 36-20.
In the first, the Golden Eagles outscored the Rangers in the paint 16-4 thanks to Mellen's nine points and had 14-2 in ponts off the bench.
Coming out of the half, UW-Parkside picked up their defensive intensity and cut into Marquette's lead at 42-32 after two straight baskets by the Rangers. With their lead down to 10, the Golden Eagles used a 16-2 run to extend their lead to 58-34 with 5:11 to go and closed out the scoring at 67-46 on a lay-up by Marissa Thrower.
For the game, the Golden Eagles connected on 35.1 percent of their attempts from the floor, and out-rebounded the Rangers, 42-27.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday when the welcome Oral Roberts to the Al McGuire Center at 2 p.m. CT for the 2008-09 regular season opener.
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