All-Around Effort Lifts Marquette Past Indiana State, 83-79
Dec. 15, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team improved to 5-3 on the season with an 83-79 victory over Indiana State on Saturday at the Al McGuire Center.
Junior Krystal Ellis led four Golden Eagles with double figures, posting 21 points. Fellow classmate Kelly Lam notched a career-high 17 points connecting on 7-of-8 from the field, while freshman Angel Robinson also tallied a career-high with 13 points and dished out six assists. Senior Svetlana Kovalenko rounded out the quartet in double digits as she posted 12 points, 10 of those in the first half.
"That was a very good ball club that we beat this afternoon. We have a lot of respect for what they do," head coach Terri Mitchell said. "They have a high-octane offense. We've spent a week getting back to the basics with screening and setting each other up for shots. If you look at the stats and see our 22 assists with the 36 shots we made that's pretty impressive along with shooting 53 percent."
MU jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game and increased to 10-4 with 16:20 remaining in the half. Indiana State sank a trey to pull within three points, but the Golden Eagles went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to push ahead, 20-10.
The Sycamores used a 10-4 run to creep within four, trailing 24-20, but jumpers by sophomore Janelle Harris and Ellis pushed MU's lead to 28-20.
With 1:38 remaining in the half, the Golden Eagles owned a 40-32 lead, but saw Indiana State score four unanswered as the half closed with a 40-36 Marquette advantage.
Kovalenko posted 10 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field in the first half. Lam was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field to score eight points.
As a team, the Golden Eagles shot a season high 56.3 percent (18-32), while holding Indiana State to just 40 percent (10-25).
The second half opened with the Sycamores mounting an 11-8 run with 14:30 remaining. A ISU bucket tied the game at 49 apiece, and the Sycamores took a 53-51 lead following another basket in the paint.
Trailing 55-53, Kovalenko finished a three-point play to knot the game at 55 when she made the basket and drew the foul. Marquette took a 58-57 lead on a free throw by Ellis, after Indiana State was called for a technical foul with 10:03 left in the game.
Ellis increased MU's lead to 60-57 as she ran down the court for a lay-up followed by Lam sinking a basket to go up 62-57. After a turnover from the Sycamores, Robinson hit a lay-up to complete a 7-0 MU run over the next two minutes.
With 3:33 remaining in the game, Robinson found Ellis underneath, to give the Golden Eagles a 76-70 advantage, forcing Indiana State to call a timeout. Ellis sank a trey to take the score to 79-74, followed by grabbing her own rebound and score the second-chance point.
In the final seconds, MU grabbed a key offensive rebound with an 81-79 lead as the Sycamores fouled to send Ellis to the line. She calmly sank a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds in the game. MU held off the Sycamores with an 83-79 victory.
Marquette finished the game shooting 52.9 percent (36-68). They dominated in the post, scoring 56 points in the paint, while holding the Sycamores to just 22. MU had significant bench production scoring 30, while Indiana State bench produced just 19 points.
The Golden Eagles return to the court Monday, Dec. 17 when they host Northwestern. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Monday's game is another Monday Madness, Giveaways Galore game. All season long prizes will be given out throughout each Monday night game. Prizes include an iPod, digital camera, a night out in Milwaukee, restaurant coupons, movie passes and much more. At each Monday night game one BIG prize will be given away.
Head coach Terri Mitchell's Opening Statement
"That was a very good ball club that we beat this afternoon. We have a lot of respect for what they do. They have a high-octane offense. We've spent a week getting back to the basics with screening and setting each other up for shots. If you look at the stats and see our 22 assists with the 36 shots we made that's pretty impressive along with shooting 53 percent. I've said before that it is going to take this team 13 games to find themselves. We're at game number eight and I think we took a good step forward today. We regroup tomorrow and have to play another game Monday. Hopefully we'll keep good things coming."
Junior center Kelly Lam:
On her game...
"Basically we emphasize getting in the post and scoring in the post, and getting in the paint. That's something that all of our post players really took to heart. We wanted to show that we're going to score in the paint and we don't need to rely on our guards. It's not fair to us to have Krystal (Ellis) do all of the scoring. We're more successful when everyone is involved. It is more of a mentality thing to go strong and go to the hoop."
"Coach said I was starting yesterday and basically I was just working, with Paige out, I was just working all week and fighting and battling and getting ready for the game. It doesn't really matter if you start or come off the bench it's just about productivity. That is what I was trying to go for."
"It was a hard loss on everybody and we just needed as a group to get the hunger back and get the fight back. We used the whole week of practice and getting through finals to realize that we need this, and we need a win and we're going to attack and do whatever we need to do to win."