Golden Eagles Tame the Panthers, 74-63

Nov. 29, 2006

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MILWAUKEE - A balanced scoring effort with every Golden Eagle in the lineup scoring was the key to victory as the Marquette women's basketball team defeated cross-town rival, Wis.-Milwaukee, 74-63, Wednesday night at the Klotsche Center. Sophomore guard Krystal Ellis led all scorers with 19 points and a career high seven rebounds, while senior Danielle Kamm matched a career best 18 points and sophomore Marissa Thrower added a season high nine points off the bench. With the win, the Golden Eagles extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 6-1 overall. The Panthers fall to 3-5 overall on the season.

"This team is extremely unselfish and we needed all nine players to contribute in this game," said head coach Terri Mitchell, who needs three more victories to reach her 200th win. "This was an intense game and we had to play 40 hard minutes. Everyone on this team knows their roles. I felt like we got better tonight and that is what I am looking for, that we improve with each game."

For the game the Golden Eagles shot 48.4 percent from the field connecting on 30-of-62 shots. Both Ellis and Kamm made 50 percent of their shots, with Kamm going 7-of-13 from the field and Ellis making 6-of-12 attempts. Kamm scored 12 of her 18 points from long range. Marquette won the rebounding battle, 37-32, after being edged in the first half 20-19.

Wis.-Milwaukee made 42.3 percent of its attempts from the field on 22-of-52 shooting for the game. Horizon League Player of the Week Traci Edwards led the Panthers with 19 points, and three other Panthers contributed double figures.

Marquette took a 37-30 lead into half time. Ellis led Marquette with 13 points in the first on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed four rebounds. Kamm added 10 points for the Golden Eagles who shot 47.1 percent for the first half.Edwards gave the Panthers 10 points in the first stanza, while the Panthers shot 41.4 percent making 12-of-29 attempts.

Marquette jumped out to an early 11-6 lead to open the game and then extended that lead to seven points, 24-17, 10 minutes in. After trading buckets, Wis.-Milwaukee countered with a 10-5 run to come within two points of the Golden Eagles, 29-27, but Ellis hit two treys and Thrower added a bucket to give Marquette back the seven point advantage at the end of the half, 37-30.

Kamm hit a quick three to open the second half helping to push MU's lead to 12 points, 51-39. Marquette went ahead by as many as 14 points, 66-52 with seven minutes remaining in the game, after a 11-1 run over three minutes headed by buckets from McCullough and Thrower.

Back-to-back baskets by Janelle Harris and Ellis helped Marquette maintain the 14 point advantage, 70-56, with just under five minutes remaining in the game.

In the final minutes, Turquois McCain tallied a lay-up and Edwards added a jumper to cut Marquette's lead to 10 points, 70-60, with 2:24 remaining in the game. However two pairs of free throws by Ellis were enough to secure the Golden Eagles' 11th straight win over the Panthers, while holding them to just three points in the final two minutes of the game.

Marquette will be back in action Sunday in Houston, Texas when it takes on Rice at 2 p.m. The Golden Eagles will open BIG EAST play against West Virginia at the Al McGuire Center Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

"Every game is important and we respect each opponent," added Kamm. "Its good to win intense games like this one because it gives us more confidence going into our conference games."




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