Ellis Scores 21 to Lead MU over Green Bay
Dec. 1, 2007
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In her first game back since returning from injury, junior Krystal Ellis scored 21 points to lead the Marquette women's basketball team to a 60-48 victory over Green Bay Saturday afternoon at Kress Center.
Ellis' jumper with 5:07 remaining in the game helped her to become the 20th player in program history to register 1,000 or more points. Ellis currently has 1,010 points for her career.
With the win, the Golden Eagles record their first road win of the season, snap Green Bay's 17-game home court win streak, and improve to 4-2 overall.
"This is a good win for us over a talented Green Bay team," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "We are a young team that is trying to figure out how to win on the road, so this is a huge confidence booster for us. When we were struggling on offense we continued to play defense and limit their opportunities, which helped create opportunities."
Marquette went into the locker room with 23-17 lead at halftime. MU held Green Bay with out a point for over five minutes, while the Golden Eagles scored six unanswered points and lead 21-13, with 2:45 left in the first.
After the Golden Eagles scored the first bucket of the second half, Green Bay responded a 7-0 run to come within one point, 25-24, with 17:06 left in the game. However, Ellis scored on back-to-back possessions to push MU's lead to three points, 29-26, with 15:58 remaining.
With Marquette up by one, 36-33, Green Bay nailed consecutive 3-pointers to put the lead in its favor, 39-36, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Marquette rallied and senior Svetlana Kovalenko scored four points over 1:30 to help MU regain its lead. For the remainder of the game, Green Bay would only come as close as two points, while the Golden Eagles out-scored the Phoenix, 15-5, over the final four minutes. Eight of MU's final 15 points were from the charity stripe.
For the game, Marquette shot 36.2 percent from the floor, connecting on 21-of-58 attempts. The Golden Eagles dominated the glass out-rebounding Green Bay, 53-32. Marquette tallied 17 offensive rebounds and scored 14 second-chance points.
The Golden Eagles will return to action when they play at Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 6. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., at Allen Fieldhouse.
Krystal Ellis' jumper with 5:07 remaining in the game helped her to become the 20th player in program history to score 1,000 points. Ellis currently has 1,010 points for her career.
Marquette used the starting five of Ellis, Kovalenko, Harris, Fiedorowicz and Robinson for the third time this season. With those five starting, Marquette is 3-0 on the season.
Marquette snapped GB's 17-game home win streak.
Marquette's win over Green Bay is its seventh of series, and second consecutive victory. The win also marks the second time of the 34 all-time meetings the Golden Eagles have won at Green Bay.
Ellis led Marquette with a game-high 21 points. It was her second 20-plus point output of the season, 18th of her career. She added seven rebounds, which match her career-high.
Marquette is 40-10 all-time when Ellis scores in double figures.
Svetlana Kovalenko registered a game-high 12 rebounds. The 12 rebounds match her career best performance. It is the fourth game of the season she has pulled down double-digit rebounds, sixth of her career. Marquette is 3-1 when Kovalenko records 10 or more boards.
Marquette held Green Bay's leading scorer Rachel Porath to five points. It also held the Phoenix to its fewest total points in four seasons.