Marquette Wins 2010 Sun and Fun Classic
Dec. 30, 2010
MIAMI, Fla. - Warm weather seems to bring out the best in the Marquette women's basketball team in holiday tournaments.
Tatiyiana McMorris tied her career high with 19 points as the Golden Eagles used hot shooting to beat Louisiana Tech, 83-75, in the championship game of the 26th annual Sun and Fun Classic at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Thursday afternoon.
McMorris was named the 2010 Sun and Fun Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player and Paige Fiedorowicz was also named to the all-tournament team.
MU won its second tropical event in the last five years, following up its 2006 Paradise Jam title in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Golden Eagles (12-2) now have won five straight games for the second time already this season.
MU, which placed five players in double figures for the second straight day, was 32-49 from the floor (65.3 percent) and 15-18 from the free-throw line.
Angel Robinson just missed a triple-double, scoring nine points to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists. MU had 26 assists on its 32 baskets, its fourth straight game with 20 or more.
MU missed two shots and committed five turnovers on its first seven possessions. But then Paige Fiedorowicz scored six straight points and Angel Robinson keyed a 7-0 run as the Golden Eagles took their first lead at 17-16.
McMorris added three 3-pointers, and 3-point plays by McMorris and Sarina Simmons gave MU its biggest lead at 41-35. McMorris led all first-half scorers with 12 as the Golden Eagles were 17-27 from the floor.
Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey and Adrienne Johnson each had 11 points to lead La. Tech, which trailed 42-39 at the break. Johnson was 5-5 from the floor, one day after going 13-17 and scoring 30 points in the Lady Techsters' semifinal win over Georgia. Wysinger-Mackey finished with 19 and Johnson 17 for La. Tech (7-5).
Fiedorowicz also scored MU's first six points of the second half as the Golden Eagles continued their torrid shooting, making nine of their first 10 shots.
Back-to-back layups by Jasmine Collins, the second resulting in a 3-point play, capped a 7-0 run, and her putback gave MU its biggest lead at 71-63 with 5:50 to play.
La. Tech responded with a 5-0 run before two free throws by Collins and a basket by Katherine Plouffe made it 75-68 with 3:06 remaining.
McMorris nailed another 3-pointer to give MU a 78-70 lead with 2:37 remaining, and the Golden Eagles wrapped up their trophy effort by making five straight free throws.
It was just the second meeting between the two teams, with the first coming 16 years ago to the day in the Junkanoo Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Golden Eagles are finished with non-conference action and will resume BIG EAST Conference play on Wed. Jan. 5, against Notre Dame at the Al McGuire Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
About the team's performance overall...
"I thought we shot the ball extremely well and were very unselfish. Twenty-six assists to 32 shots; once again we are sharing the ball and making the extra pass. It was a great way to end non-conference. Over the last two games we have had so many people contribute. The enthusiasm of this team is just a lot of fun to be around. It is contagious. To come out of non-conference play 11-1 and get ready for BIG EAST play is just first step for us. We have so many games ahead of us that are going to be tough, but we are playing with a lot of confidence."
About keeping the focus with two games in less than 24 hours of each other...
About the play of Tatiyiana McMorris...