Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener, 82-69, Over Loyola (Ill.)
Nov. 12, 2007
MILWAUKEE - With five players in double figures, led by sophomore Janelle Harris with 13 points, the Marquette women's basketball team won its season opener and defeated Loyola (Ill.) University, 82-69, Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
"We are pleased we got the 07-08 season started with a victory," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "You can always look at many things in the box score and say this is where we can get better. We played hard, and I think rebounding is an indication of playing hard. Overall, I very pleased, we just have to take the next step and finish those things."
Marquette went into the half-time intermission with a 14-point lead, 43-29, and never looked back as Loyola only got as close as 10 points for the remainder of the game.
"We have the winning traditions, and we know what it is to win in this program. We are just going to keep moving forward and try to get better every game. I think we have a lot of potential when you look at what we are capable of doing right now," said Mitchell.
For the game, Marquette limited Loyola's opportunities to 48 attempts from the field. However, Marquette shot 42.7 percent for the game (32-of-75), while the Ramblers hit 47.9 percent of their shots (23-of-48).
Along with Harris in double figures were senior Svetlana Kovalenko, and juniors Erin Monfre and Krystal Ellis each tallied 12 points, and freshman Angel Robinson - in her Marquette debut - registered 10 points for the Golden Eagles.
Harris finished her career night with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Maggie McCloskey scored a game high 17 points and Keisha Collins added 15 points for Loyola.
Marquette dominated on the glass out-rebounding the Ramblers, 46-25, including a 26-4 advantage on the offensive side. Kovalenko and freshman Paige Fiedorowicz led the effort with eight and nine boards, respectively.
After Marquette jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, the Ramblers took advantage of nine missed shots by the Golden Eagles and went ahead 13-7 at 13:15 mark. Marquette turned it on shortly after, tied the game at 16 points apiece and then mounted an 13-1 run to go ahead 29-17.
"I think the start of the game was just jitters. Sometimes you can want something so much that you don't follow through on your shot or shoot too quick. I think our releases were too quick instead of letting the ball come out early on," Mitchell said.
Brittany Boeke hit a bucket to snap the Golden Eagles' run, but Monfre and Ellis each hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the score at 35-21 with 5:29 remaining in the first half.
The Golden Eagles maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the half and went into the intermission with a 14-point advantage, 43-29.
Ellis and Kovalenko each scored eight points in the first, while the Golden Eagles connected on 40.9 percent of its attempts (18-of-44). Marquette's inside presence was felt as the Golden Eagles scored 28 of its points in the paint in the first half.
Marquette took its largest lead of the game, 20 points (77-57), following a 14-6 Golden Eagle outburst over four minutes midway through the second frame.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 17 when they take on No. 25 Wisconsin at the Bradley Center at 2 p.m.
Help Terri Mitchell and the Golden Eagles and "beat the record and break the bank!" For every fan over 4,000 in attendance Saturday, Mitchell will donate $1.00 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.
* Marquette won its fifth straight opener and improves to 9-3 in lid lifters.
* Marquette improves to 47-7 all-time at the Al McGuire Center.
* With the win, the Golden Eagles tied the all-time series with the Ramblers, 8-8.
* The Golden Eagles started two freshmen, Paige Fiedorowicz and Angel Robinson. Marquette's three other starters were Ellis, Svetlana Kovalenko and Janelle Harris. It was Harris' first career start, and sixth of Kovalenko's career.
* Fiedorowicz scored the Golden Eagles' first point of the game and her first career point on a free throw nine seconds into the game.
* Marquette's bench outscored Loyola's bench 28-22. All but two active players in the lineup scored for the Golden Eagles.
* Marquette had five players in double figures for the first time since Jan. 21, 2006 when MU defeated Providence, 92-59.
* Marquette dominated the paint, 42-16.