No. 20/22 Marquette Downs South Dakota State, 80-63
Dec. 31, 2006
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Behind a career high 33 points from sophomore guard Krystal Ellis, the no. 20/22 Marquette women's basketball team ended 2006 on a high note defeating South Dakota, 80-63 at Frost Arena on New Years Eve. The Golden Eagles win their 12th consecutive game and improve to 13-1 overall. SDSU falls to 10-4 on the season, and MU snaps the Jackrabbits' 15-game home winning streak that dated back to last season.
"Coming into this place we knew was going to be tough because of the incredible environment they have and how well coached they are," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "We knew it was going to be a 40 minute game so we had to step up match their intensity and go beyond it."
Ellis led all scorers with 33 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor, dished a season best seven assists, grabbed five steals and made all 10 of her free throws in the win. Senior Christina Quaye followed with 16 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot 48 percent for the game connecting on 24-of-50 attempts.
"Every game Krystal learns more about herself," said Mitchell of Ellis' performance. "We have a very unselfish team who knows when we have a hot shooter to set her up."
With the score was tied at 27 apiece in the first half, Ellis knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the game and four free throws as a part of a 13-4 Golden Eagle run to lead 40-31 at the half and never look back. Marquette never let the Jackrabbits come closer than nine points for the rest of the game.
Ellis scored 26 of her 33 points in the first stanza, and 15 of those 33 points were from three-point land. Collectively Marquette shot a season high 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from beyond the arc.
Megan Vogel led the Jackrabbits with 20 points, and Jennifer Warkenthien and Ashlea Muckenhirn combined for 24 points. The Golden Eagles held the Jackrabbits to make just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) of their attempts from the floor, including just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from long range.
Marquette will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at home against Syracuse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.