Marquette Powers Past Illinois, 73-56
Dec. 21, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball used a 43-point second half to power past Illinois, 73-56, Tuesday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 3,812 at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles improve to 10-2 overall on the season, while the Illini drop to 5-7.
Marquette had four players score in double figures led by Tatiyiana McMorris with 15. Sarina Simmons added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Angel Robinson scored 12 points and dished out a game-high eight assists, and Jasmine Collins chipped in 11 points.
For the game, the Golden Eagles connected on 51.8 percent (29-of-56) of their attempts from the floor, including 63.0 percent (17-of-27) in the second half. Marquette held Illinois to 41.2 percent (21-of-51) shooting and forced it to commit 22 turnovers. The Golden Eagles scored 24 points off the Illini's miscues.
Karisma Penn finished the game with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Illini.
After a first half that featured four ties and nine lead changes, Marquette began the second half scoring on its first five possessions to take a 41-33 lead with 16:52 left to play.
The Golden Eagles used an 11-0 run to push their lead to 21 points (58-37) with 10:57 remaining and took their largest lead of the game, 25 points (69-44) with 7:07 left in the game.
The Golden Eagles will close out non-conference play in Miami, Fla. at the Sun and Fun Classic hosted by Florida International Dec. 29-30.
Marquette is 44-9 in Milwaukee in the month of December, including a 22-5 mark at the Al McGuire Center, under head coach Terri Mitchell.
Marquette topped the 70-point mark for the fourth time this season. MU is 4-0 when scoring 70-or-more points.
The Golden Eagles 51.8 shooting percentage marked the third time this season MU has shot 50 percent-or-better from the floor.
The Golden Eagles tallied over 20 assists for the second straight game and fourth time this season. MU is 4-0 when dishing 20-of-more assists.
The announced crowd of 3,816 was the largest of the season and the fourth largest crowd in Al McGuire Center history.