Women's Basketball Wins U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam; Defeats Xavier, 73-53
Nov. 25, 2006
ST. THOMAS, USVI - While playing all 10 active players, the Marquette women's basketball team was able to win its third straight game in three days, routing Xavier, 73-53, in the championship of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Senior Christina Quaye and sophomore Krystal Ellis were selected to the Paradise Jam's all-tournament team. Quaye was named tournament MVP.
"This win feels so great, because we have played so well and improved with each game" said head coach Terri Mitchell. "Its not easy playing three back-to-back-to-back games, but we had maturity and focus in each game while we have been down here. When it came down to game time, we did what we set out to do. We came in and executed our game plan. We played great basketball in one of the most beautiful places in the world."
Over the last 12 minutes of the game, Marquette outscored the Musketeers, 22-11, never letting Xavier to come closer than five points in the second. For the game, the Golden Eagles shot 42.4 percent on 28-of-66 shooting, while shot just 30.8 percent for the game including a cold 25.7 percent in the second half. Quaye led all scorers with 16 points, while Ellis added 15. Senior Danielle Kamm contributed 13 points and 11 boards for her second double-double of the season. Seven of Kamm's rebounds came in her first seven minutes of action in the first half.
"We pushed the ball in our attack, never backing down and just crashed the glass," added Mitchell. "We contested shots and we adjusted. It was nothing `x' and `o' wise, it was just the mentality of the team to not lose the lead. Collectively our group did not want Xavier to ever get back."
With 36 defensive rebounds, the Golden Eagles limited Xavier's second chance opportunities, and the Golden Eagles were able to score 10 points on the fast break.
After going into the intermission up by eight points, 39-31, Xavier cut Marquette's lead to five points five minutes into the second half. An 11-4 Marquette run capped by back-to-back baskets from three-point range by sophomore Erin Monfre gave Marquette a 12 point lead, 54-42, with 12:16 remaining in the game.
Kovalenko scored a put back basket and Quaye added a lay-up in the paint that gave the Golden Eagles a 16-point advantage, 58-42, with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.
With the Golden Eagles ahead by 19 points, with 3:38 to play, the game was out of reach for the Musketeers. MU extended its lead to 21, 52-73, with 34 seconds left on the clock.
Marquette returns to action back in Milwaukee at Wis.-Milwaukee, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Klotsche Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.