Virginia Powers Past Golden Eagles, 84-76
Nov. 17, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Despite a late comeback, a career high 18 points from sophomore Erin Monfre and 19 points form senior Christina Quaye, the Marquette women's basketball team dropped its first game of the season to Virginia, 84-76, Friday evening at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. The Golden Eagles fall to 1-1 overall on the season, while the Cavaliers remain undefeated at 3-0 overall.
"Well, it's so early in the year and we thought this would be a great road test early," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "I think we're going to come away from this game with a lot of things to work on. Obviously we're not going to win any awards for our defense. I thought our players fought and they had character and at the end of the day Virginia just played a great game. They penetrated well, they found their open shooters, and they really had some huge offensive boards that broke our back at key times, where I felt like in the last 10 minutes of the second half we did a much better job with penetration we were switching our defense up and then they'd get an offensive board."
With 33 seconds left in the game and the Golden Eagles trailing by two points (78-76) thanks to back-to-back threes from Monfre and a lay-up by Ellis, Sharnee Zoll hit a lay-up and drew the foul. She made her free throw to put UVa up by five, 81-76.
On one of Marquette's last possessions, Ellis had the ball stolen from her and Marquette was forced to commit the foul. On the Golden Eagle's last trip down the court, junior Svetlana Kovelenko missed a 3-point attempt and senior Danielle Kamm was called for a foul on Monica Wright. Wright made both of her shots with less than five seconds in the game to secure the victory.
Zoll led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting while two other Cavaliers scored in double figures. Collectively, Virginia shot 53.4 percent for the game, while the Golden Eagles made 47.5 percent of their attempts (29-of-61). Marquette made seven shots from beyond the arc, six of those were from Monfre. After owning the rebounding advantage in the first half, Virginia ended the game ahead on the boards, 36-32. "Zoll just did an awesome job of getting to the hoop throughout the entire game. She is an amazing player and we knew we were playing an amazing player," added Mitchell. "I know that in the end this game is going to help us, it's going to help us get where we need to go in the Big East playing such a great team in Virginia,"
Marquette held as much as a seven point lead in the first half, but Virginia came back, tied the score at 33 each went on a 12-3 run over two minutes late in the first. The Cavaliers ended the half with six-point advantage, 48-42. In the first the Golden Eagles shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33), while the Cavaliers hit 17 of their 25 attempts, shooting 68-percent in the first half.
Zoll and Wright started off hot in the opening half with 12 and 13 points apiece in the first, respectively. Monfre gave the Golden Eagles a team-high nine first-half points, all of them from treys. The Golden Eagles had the rebounding edge in the first half, 17-14, including a 6-1 margin in offensive rebounds.
UVa increased its lead to 11 (53-42), early in the second, but Marquette responded with a 10-0 run capped by another trifecta from Monfre, that helped Marquette inch within one point, (52-53), with 14:41 remaining in the game. After a jumper from Danielle Kamm to keep MU within one point, UVa scored seven straight points to put the score at 62-54 in favor of Virginia with under 12 minutes to play in the game.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Monday, Nov. 20 hosting Wis.-Green Bay at the Al McGuire Center, for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Fans are encouraged to bring baby products to benefit the Milwaukee Joyhouse and Soujouner Truth House. Fans who donate will receive half price admission.