Golden Eagles Take Down No. 23 Washington, 78-61, in Season Opener
Nov. 14, 2006
MILWAUKEE - Behind double-digit scoring efforts from senior Danielle Kamm, junior Svetlana Kovalenko and sophomore Krystal Ellis, the Marquette women's basketball team won its fourth straight season opener, defeating no. 23 Washington, 78-61 Tuesday night at the Al MGuire Center. Ellis led all scorers with 24 points while All-America candidate Cameo Hicks recorded a team-leading 12 points for the Huskies.
"We have a lot of respect for Washington, they are so physical and so tough," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "It was huge for us to protect our home court and even more so because they are a ranked team that is very talented. It is great to start the season off with a win over such a tough opponent."
For the game, Marquette shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56), while the Huskies made 22 of their attempts (30.1) from the field and a meager 28.6 percent in the second half.
The Golden Eagles came up big on the boards, out rebounding Washington, 46-43, including a 26-16 margin in the first half. Kamm led the effort for Marquette with 10, while Kovalenko and senior Christina Quaye registered six and seven rebounds, respectively.
After Marquette took an 11-point lead into the locker room at the half, the Huskies closed the gap early in second half scoring 17 of their 32-second half points in the first seven minutes of the game.
"In the second half, when they were up on us, we had to refocus and basically just play a 12 minute basketball game. The game changed after this."
With under 10 minutes to play and down by two points (50-48), Marquette turned it up a notch going on a 6-0 run that included two pivotal free throw shots by sophomore Kelly Lam to go ahead by five points, 57-52. The Huskies held Marquette's lead to five while trying to create their own opportunities, but a three pointer from Kamm sparked another Golden Eagle run where they would score 12 unanswered points over the last five minutes to solidify the win.
"We must continue to learn to play fast," said Mitchell. "But we also need to take care of each possession."
At the end of the first half, Marquette was up on the Huskies, 40-29. Ellis led all scorers in the first with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Two of her buckets were from beyond the arc, while Kamm added eight points and five rebounds.
Marquette will hit the road for its second game of the season traveling to Virginia on Friday, November 17. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT at the newly built John Paul Jones Arena. Fans can follow all of the action live on gametracker.