Women's Basketball Hosts Senior Celebration
April 15, 2009
MILWAUKEE--The 2008-09 season for the Marquette women's basketball team came to a close Wednesday night as the team held its annual end-of-the-season senior celebration at the Al McGuire Center. Over 100 family members, friends, supporters and administrators gathered to celebrate the season and the careers of seniors Marissa Thrower, Erin Monfre and Krystal Ellis.
The trio of seniors led Marquette to 87 wins, four postseason appearances, including a berth in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the 2008 Women's National Invitation Tournament Championship.
Arguably the most decorated player in Marquette women's basketball history, Krystal Ellis will graduate from Marquette as its all-time leading scorer and near the top of many other statistical categories. Monfre set an Al McGuire Center record for 3-pointers made in a game with a career-high seven during an inspiring performance this season against West Virginia, while Thrower matched Svetlana Kovalenko's record for games played in a career with 131.
The Golden Eagles finished the season 17-16 overall, 7-9 BIG EAST, and advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The WNIT berth marked the seventh consecutive postseason appearance, 14th in program history and 11th since head coach Terri Mitchell began her tenure at Marquette.
Sophomore Angel Robinson was tabbed the team's Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Offensive Player, while also taking home the team's Leadership Award. She was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team after leading the team with 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, including 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest in BIG EAST games. Robinson was the only Golden Eagle to start in all 33 games and posted six performances of 20-or-more points and scored 30-or-more twice.
Monfre and freshman Georgie Jones were named the Golden Eagles' Most Valuable Defensive Players. Sophomore Jocelyn Mellen, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the Gonzaga game (Nov. 28) did not go home empty handed as she was honored with the Outstanding Teammate Award for the second time of her career. Mellen previously won the Outstanding Teammate Award following the 2006-07 season.
Rounding out the awards ceremony was sophomore Tatiyiana McMorris who was given the Tenacity Award for her hard work and dedication during practice and games.
2008-09 Marquette women's basketball Awards
Most Valuable Performer - Angel Robinson
Most Valuable Offensive Player - Angel Robinson
Leadership Award - Angel Robinson
Tenacity Award - Tatiyiana McMorris
Outstanding Teammate Award - Jocelyn Mellen