Ellis' Half Court Buzzer Beater Lifts Marquette Over Dartmouth, 64-61
Dec. 29, 2007
HANOVER, N.H. - With the score tied at 61 apiece, junior Krystal Ellis made a half-court shot as time expired to lift the Marquette women's basketball team over Dartmouth, 64-61, in the second game of the Blue Sky Classic Saturday night at Leede Arena.
"When the game is on the line, we want the ball in Krystal's hands," said head coach Terri Mitchell. We wanted to give her one last look. If anyone is going to get that shot, it is going to be her."
"Any win on the road is a great win. This is a character win. We were down and could have faltered. We could not establish an inside presence, which hurt us. On any night, anything is possible. It is one game at a time for this team at getting better. I was pleased down the stretch with our defense. We made some big stops. We won this game first and foremost with our defense."
The Golden Eagles (7-4) will play No. RV/23 Arkansas (13-0) in the championship of the of the Blue Sky Classic Sunday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m. CT. Arkansas defeated Delaware, 62-49, in the opening game of the tournament to advance to the championship game.
Marquette rallied on a 7-0 run to chip away at a five-point deficit to go ahead by two points, 56-54 with 4:04 left to play. The Big Green countered as Kristen Craft and Koren Schram combined for four points giving Dartmouth a two-point lead, 58-56, with 2:33 remaining.
Senior Svetlana Kovalenko knocked down her second trifecta of the season with 1:57 remaining in the game that gave the lead back to the Golden Eagles, 59-58. Schram scored Dartmouth's next three points to tie the game for the 10th time and then give the Big Green a one-point lead (60-59) with just over a minute left to play.
Following a steal by Robinson, Ellis was sent to the charity stripe and made both of her shots to make it 61-60 in favor of Marquette with 31 seconds remaining.
On Dartmouth's next possession, the Big Green held on to the ball for 26 seconds and Janelle Harris was called for a foul on Craft with four seconds left in the game. Craft missed her first, but made her second to knot the score at 61 apiece.
MU in bounded the ball and got it to Ellis who sprinted up the court. As time expired she launched the ball from half court and banked in for the win.
"I was surprised that I was actually open to take the shot," said Ellis. "I didn't expect to get the ball. I expected someone else to take the shot. When it banked in, I was amazed."
Ellis led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting, and added four assists and three steals. Freshman Angel Robinson was the only other Golden Eagle in double figures with 12 points.
For the game, both teams shot well with Marquette making 43.9 percent of its attempts (25-of-57), and Dartmouth connecting on 20-of-43 shots (46.5). On the glass, the Big Green came out on top, 33-24. Kovalenko gave MU a game-high eight rebounds to go along with nine points.
The back-and-forth game featured 12 tie scores and 13 lead changes. The largest lead Dartmouth had for the game was six points with 7:10 left to play. Marquette's largest lead was four points.
Dartmouth rallied behind its 3-point shooting in the first to take a slim one-point lead, 29-28, into halftime.