Women's Basketball Opens BIG EAST Play Against Providence on Saturday
Jan. 4, 2008
The Marquette women's basketball team will open its third season of BIG EAST play Saturday, Jan. 5 against Providence at 1 p.m., at the Al McGuire Center.
The game will be broadcast live regionally on BIG?EAST TV?as the BIG EAST Game of the Week, also airing on Time Warner Cable Ch. 32, with Beth Mowins and Brooke Weisbrod calling all the action.
"The passion and the intensity all rise during BIG EAST play," said head coach Terri Mitchell. "We have learned so many lessons during the non-conference season, and now have to take all of that learning into the BIG EAST, one of the most powerful conferences in the nation. Our players are so ready to show what they have learned and how ready they are for conference play to begin."
The Golden Eagles (8-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) are coming off a 78-74 win over Western Michigan in MU's final non-conference game of the season.
Junior Krystal Ellis leads the Golden Eagles with 20.8 points per game, an average that stands second in the BIG EAST. She scored an Al McGuire Center record and season-high 32 points against Western Michigan. It was her third time of the season to score 30 or more points.
The Golden Eagles are 7-4 overall in conference openers under head coach Terri Mitchell, and 7-2 in home conference openers. Marquette has won its last four conference lid-lifters. In its last two BIG EAST openers, Marquette defeated West Virginia, 74-50 on Dec. 6, 2007, and St. John's, 60-57, on Dec. 6, 2006.
Marquette is 21-11 in two seasons of BIG EAST play. The Golden Eagles shared second place with Rutgers for the 2006-07 season with a 12-4 league mark.
The Friars (10-3, 0-0 BIG EAST), also playing in their first league game of the season, are riding a two-game win streak. They closed out their non-conference tilt with home wins over New Hampshire (73-41) and Massachusetts (59-56).
Kendria Holmes leads a trio of PC players in double figures with 11.7 ppg. Mi-Khida Hankins follows with 10.8 ppg and Shantee Darrian has added 10.2 ppg as well as a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game.
"Providence is an excellent team that got better through its non-conference schedule. There are no easy games in this conference, and we know that upfront," said Mitchell.
Providence is without the services of 2007 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Chelsea Marandola who is out for the 2007-08 season with an injury.
The Friars were selected to finish 15th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Fans, don't forget Saturday is Family Fun Day. Get a game ticket, hot dog and soda all for only $4.