Balanced Attack Leads Marquette Over Ark.-Pine Bluff, 83-54
Dec. 21, 2007
MILWAUKEE - For the second time this season, the Marquette women's basketball team had five players in double figures en route to an 83-54 victory over Arkansas- Pine Bluff on Friday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
"I think our enthusiasm was great," head coach Terri Mitchell said. Our players were really ready for the game. I think the early start was great practice for the East Coast games. I loved the environment. The energy of the crowd really got our players going.
MU took a 12-5 lead in the opening minutes of the game with Ellis and Lam combining for eight points with 15:52 remaining in the half. The Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 16-8 at the 13:08 mark, but Ark.-Pine Bluff cut the lead to three after a 5-0 run took the score to 16-13.
A basket from Kovalenko and a trey from Ellis gave MU a 23-13 advantage with 8:02 remaining in the half.
Robinson completed a three-point play to give the Golden Eagles a 31-18 lead at the 4:09 mark, followed by Harris sinking a lay-up to put MU up by 15 points.
With 44 seconds remaining in the half, Ellis found Harris for a lay-up giving MU the 39-22 advantage, their largest lead of the half.
The Golden Eagles shot 47 percent in the first half (16-34), while the Lady Lions were held to making just eight shots on 27 attempts for 30 percent.
Lam connected on 4-of-5 attempts to lead all scorers with 11 points at the half.
With three minutes gone in the second half, Harris was fouled on a lay-up and converted the bucket at the charity stripe to go ahead 47-27, followed by Ellis sinking a jumper for the 49-27 lead.
Freshman Courtney Weibel drilled a three from behind the arc to give MU a 26-point advantage, 62-36, and sank another trey at the 10:52 mark for the 65-37 lead.
Robinson nailed a pair of free throws to keep MU in front, 74-44, and then found an open court for an easy lay-up and an 80-49 lead with 1:53 left in the game.
Kovalenko led MU on the glass pulling down seven boards, while Harris and Ellis grabbed five apiece.
Marquette finished the game shooting 49.3 percent (33-of-67) and committed just 12 turnovers, while the Lady Lions had 24. MU scored 23 points off of turnovers in the afternoon.
"I'm very pleased that we kept our focus with turnovers," Mitchell said. "We gave the team goals and we met all of our goals. The most important thing was that even though we took a lead, no one's play went down."
The Golden Eagles will head to Hanover, N.H., to play in the Blue Sky Classic. MU will face host Dartmouth in the first game on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. CT. The Golden Eagles will meet either Arkansas or Delaware on Sunday, Dec. 30.
On several Milwaukee area school children coming to the rare Friday afternoon game:
"It's a new idea that other teams have done and we really wanted to do it-bring the school kids out. We hope that it can become a tradition in our program. Any time that we can be mentors and be an example to kids, give them a good healthy lunch and a good environment, I think it is a great thing for us to do."
"I loved the environment. I loved that we had kids here, and I loved the enthusiasm. I looked out and there was a lot of faculty and administration. We're trying to get all of those groups out. It was a great idea and I hope it can continue. Other schools have done it. I think the energy of the crowd really got our players going."
Post Game Notes
* For the first time this season, all five starters scored in double figures.
* Kelly Lam led Marquette with 15 points. It is the second time this season, fourth time of her career for her to score 10 or more points. It is the first time of her career she has led MU in the points column.
* Krystal Ellis scored 11 points to mark her 27th straight game of 10 or more points. Marquette is 42-12 when Ellis scores in double figures.
* Marquette shot a second half season best 51.5 percent from the floor. MU's 49.3 shooting percentage marks the fifth time this season it has shot 40 percent or better. Marquette is 4-1 in those games.
* All but one Marquette player tallied a rebound.
* The 29-point winning margin is a season high. Marquette's largest lead of the game was 33 points with 1:12 remaining in the game.