Marquette Heads to Seton Hall in Search of First BIG EAST Road Win
Jan. 8, 2009
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's basketball team will take its first BIG EAST road trip of the season when it heads to South Orange, N.J. to play Seton Hall. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT at Walsh Gymnasium.
The Golden Eagles (10-5, 1-0 BIG EAST) are coming off their first win in BIG EAST Conference play Saturday, a 68-60 decision over USF at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette's defense was key as the Golden Eagles held the Bulls to just 60 points, 32.1 points below their season average and snapped their nine-game win streak. Marquette committed just 13 turnovers against USF, 15 fewer than what the Bulls' opponents were averaging entering the game.
Sophomore Angel Robinson led the Golden Eagles for the fourth time this season with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Her 23 points were the most USF allowed by a single player this season. Robinson has scored in double figures each of the last three games.
The win over the Bulls marked head coach Terri Mitchell's fourth consecutive conference-opening win. Mitchell and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma are the only women's basketball coaches in the BIG EAST to win all four conference openers since the league expanded in 2005.
Seton Hall (11-3, 0-2 BIG EAST) enters the game against Marquette with back-to-back BIG EAST losses first to then No. 12/6 Notre Dame (66-60), and most recently at No. 10 Louisville (76-47). The Pirates are 8-1 at Walsh Gymnasium this season.
Sophomore Ebonie Williams leads the team with 15.7 ppg, while Seton Hall owns the third-best rebounding margin in the nation at plus 14.5 led by the nation's leading rebounder Noteisha Womack averaging 13.8 per game. Womack is also second on the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg.
Marquette is 2-1 all-time against Seton Hall. In the two team's last meeting at Marquette, the Golden Eagles came away victorious, 88-71. MU's lone loss to the Pirates was on Feb. 20, 2007, 63-58, at Walsh Gymnasium.