Golden Eagles Resume BIG EAST Play Against No. 13/12 Notre Dame Wednesday
Jan. 4, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team will resume BIG EAST Conference play Wednesday, Jan. 5 against No. 13/12 Notre Dame at the Al McGuire Center. The 7 p.m. tip-off can be seen live on GoMarquette.com's multimedia platform, MUTube with Kent Sommerfeld and Kyle Dlabay calling the action.
The Golden Eagles were dealt a tough hand to resume conference play as their first three games in the month of January, over a stretch of seven days, are all against teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation. Following its meeting with the Fighting Irish, the Golden Eagles will travel to No.15/14 Georgetown before returning home to host No. 6/7 West Virginia.
Marquette (12-2, 0-1 BIG EAST) is riding a season-long five-game win streak entering its game with the Fighting Irish. The Golden Eagles are coming off solid holiday tournament play at the Sun and Fun Classic in Miami, Fla. where they won the championship - the team's first regular season tournament title since 2006 - and had five players score in double figures in the wins over FIU (73-67) on Dec. 29 and Louisiana Tech (83-75) on Dec. 30.
The Golden Eagles capped non-conference play with a 12-1 record, their best non-conference mark since the 2006-07 season.
No. 13/12 Notre Dame (12-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) comes to Milwaukee as winners of their last seven games. The Fighting Irish boast the league's top scoring offense averaging 85.3 points per game. Natalie Novosel leads Notre Dame with 15.1 points per game, while Skylar Diggins follows with 13.5 points per game.
The Fighting Irish, who were picked to finish fourth in the league behind Connecticut, West Virginia and Georgetown, are 1-0 in BIG EAST Conference action after a 79-43 win at Providence on Dec. 8.
Marquette will encounter the Fighting Irish for the 38th time in a series that commenced in 1976. Notre Dame holds the advantage in the all-time series, 29-8. In the last meeting in Milwaukee, Marquette topped then-No. 10/4 Notre Dame, 75-65 at the Al McGuire Center on Jan. 13, 2009 to mark the first win for MU over a nationally ranked top-10 opponent. Notre Dame avenged the loss with an 82-67 win at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on Feb. 23, 2010.