Strong Second Half Tops Indiana State, 77-53
Nov. 19, 2008
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Marquette women's basketball team shot 72-percent from the floor in the second half to defeat Indiana State, 77-53, Wednesday night at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The win keeps Marquette undefeated at 3-0, while the Sycamores drop to 0-2.
Senior All-America candidate Krystal Ellis finished with a season-high 19 points after scoring just three points in the first half, and added seven assists and three steals. Junior Lauren Thomas-Johnson followed with13 points, and freshman Georgie Jones pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Marquette finished the game shooting 52.7 percent, while holding the Sycamores to make just 18 of their attempts (32.1 percent), only six in the second half. Kelsey Luna led the Sycamores with 18 points.
After a back and forth first half, Marquette went into the locker room at the intermission with a slim three-point advantage, 35-32.
The Golden Eagles were a dismal, 1-for-9 from long-range over the first 15 minutes of the game before sophomore Tatiyiana McMorris and Angel Robinson knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put the score at 27-25 with 4:57 remaining in the first half.
Marquette finished the first frame connecting on 11 of its 30 attempts from the floor (36.7 percent) while Indiana State shot 40 percent from the field (12-of-30). Sophomore Jocelyn Mellen gave Marquette seven points, while McMorris, Pachko and Robinson each added six points apiece.
Deja Mattox led ISU with eight points, while Kelsey Luna add with seven points in the first half.
Marquette stormed out of the intermission to take a 39-32 lead but the Sycamores countered with made three-pointers to cut the lead to two points, 39-37.
Marquette let its defense spark its offense and went on a 16-4 run over six minutes to take a 14-point lead, 55-41 with 11:22 to play.
After a mini 6-0 run by ISU to cut MU's lead to eight points, but Lauren Thomas Johnson hit her third trifecta of the game and Ellis added a bucket of her own to go ahead 13 points, 60-47, with 8:28 to play in the game.
Marquette sealed the win after taking 21-point lead, when Ellis made the basket in traffic and drew the foul to put the score at 70-49 with 4:35 left to play.
The Golden Eagles closed the game holding the Sycamores without a field goal for the final 5:21.
The Golden Eagles play second game of its two-game road trip Sunday, Nov. 23 at Western Michigan.