Women's Basketball Drops a Heartbreaker to Northwestern, 65-63

Dec. 17, 2007

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MILWAUKEE - Junior Krystal Ellis' first career double double of 30 points and 10 rebounds was not enough as the Marquette women's basketball dropped a heartbreaker to Northwestern, 65-63, Monday night at the Al McGuire Center. With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 5-4 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 4-7.

"I've got to have a team that understands that the game is 40 minutes. We are working so hard in practice, but we're just not getting results," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "It frustrating because this is a young team, but on this level you have to stay consistent. We just have to keep fighting and get back to who we are. We have to protect the home court, it's disappointing to lose period and it's really disappointing to lose at home."

With the score tied at 63 apiece with 1:54 remaining in the game, NU's Amy Jaeschke drew a foul and made a free throw to help the Wildcats go ahead by one, 64-63, with 1:42 remaining in the game. The Golden Eagles were unsuccessful on their next trip down the court. Both freshman Angel Robinson and Ellis missed their shots in attempt to take the lead.

NU's Jenny Eckhart grabbed the defensive rebound off Ellis' missed shot and let 22 seconds tick off the clock before she was called for traveling with 18 seconds left to play.

On Marquette's next possession, Ellis missed her first shot and Robinson couldn't convert the second attempt letting the score stand at 64-63 with just one second left to play.

Robinson quickly fouled sending Eckhart to the free throw line. Eckhart missed her first, made her second, but MU was unable to find anyone for a long in-bound play leaving NU to win the game, 65-63.

For the game, the Golden Eagles shot 33.9 percent from the floor, while Northwestern made 42.9 percent of its shot. The Wildcats had three players in double figures with Jaeschke leading the way with 21 points. On the glass, Marquette out-rebounded Northwestern, 47-29, including a 19-6 advantage on the offensive side.

The Golden Eagles came out cold in the first half and made only eight of their first half shots (29.6 percent) that helped Northwestern to go into halftime with a five-point advantage, 30-25.

Marquette came back in the early minutes of the second half to tie the score at 34 apiece. The Golden Eagles then scored four consecutive points to take the lead, 38-34, with 14:39 remaining in the game.

"We fought to get ourselves in position to take the lead and then we let it go. They did a great job rebounding and we didn't shoot well.," said Mitchell.

Jaeschke helped Northwestern regain the lead and Erin Dickerson sunk a trey to put Northwestern ahead, 42-38, with 11:53 left.

Ellis found her rhythm and responded with a 3-pointer of her own. Robinson grabbed a steal and dished it to Ellis who made the lay-up and drew the foul her next possession. She converted the free throw to finish the three-point play and give the Golden Eagles a two-point lead, 44-42, with 11:13 left in the game.

Over the next six minutes, Ellis scored 12 consecutive points, but neither team was able to hold more than a three-point advantage.

"We came back and Krystal (Ellis) was just unbelievable, but this team has to be more than just Krystal. We have got to have other people who can hit shots or else everyone is just going to key on her," said Mitchell.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 21, for a Noon contest against Ark.-Pine Bluff at the Al McGuire Center. Friday is dollar day! Tickets, hot dogs, soda and candy are all only $1. Marquette faculty and staff get free admission.




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