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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Strong Second Half Propels Women to a Win at Georgetown


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marquette women's basketball team overcame a 11-point half-time deficit to defeat Georgetown, 80-65, Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Golden Eagles had a quartet of players in double figures, led by sophomore Angel Robinson with 19 points. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 12-8 overall, 3-2 in BIG EAST play.

Freshman Jessica Pachko poured in 16 points, while senior Erin Monfre contributed 12, and sophomore Tatiyiana McMorris added 13.

Marquette was feeling it from long range, especially in the second frame, as it connected on 6-of-7 attempts (85.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting a season-best 61.5 percent from 3-point land, aided by Monfre who who was a perfect 4-of-4 from three, all coming in the second half.

Jaleesa Butler led Georgetown with a game-high 27 points. For the game, the Hoyas shot 41.5 percent from the floor.

At half-time, the Hoyas held a 11-point advantage, 37-26. Jaleesa Butler paced GU with 15 points, while the team shot 48.3 percent from the floor (14-of-29).

The Golden Eagles staged its comeback early in the second half as Pachko sparked a 21-8 run that would help Marquette come within two points at 47-45 with 12:50 to play.

The Golden Eagles tied the game at the 11:22 mark in the second half thanks to a steal and quick lay-up from Tatiyiana McMorris. From there neither team held more than a three-point advantage until Marquette pulled away over the final six minutes.

The Golden Eagles took their largest lead of the game with 54 seconds to play following a lay-up by Pachko, and held the Hoyas to just four points over the final 5:21 of the game.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday, Jan. 27 when they host Syracuse at the Al McGuire Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Greener Pastures

All MU Sports fans:

We're moving to a new domain name shortly. We'll be at www.mutvsports.com in less than a week; so if this starts to seem like it's not getting updated, it's probably because all the new (read: Good) stuff is going up on the new domain.

Stay tuned and I'll confirm when the new site is officially live.

Jonathan Ficke
Assistant Sports Director, MUTV

Monday, January 19, 2009

From Hunter, To Hunted

5-0…

Really digest that for a moment.

Jumpin’ Jesuits… WE’RE 5-0!!!

That’s about the reaction from almost every Marquette fan as they wake up on this holiday weekend. If you pick up a newspaper, and turn to the standings of the Big East Conference you cannot help but smile when you look to the top.

1. No. 11/10 Marquette 16-2 (5-0)

To put it plainly, this is awesome. But be wary Marquette Basketball fans, because in this conference, being the hunted is something new for this program. The history speaks for itself through the first five games of conference play.

2006: 3-2; 2007: 3-2; 2008: 3-2

Good, but certainly not great. Starts that are not going to make opposing teams and fans sweat over the upcoming Marquette game on their schedule. You get off to a 5-0 start though… Regardless of who you did it against, everyone is looking up at you.

Everyone.

If Buzz Williams and his players wake up today and notice a strange itch developing on their backs, it might be a big red bulls eye that grew overnight. And with every victory that bulls eye will get bigger.

Hey, you all wanted this. Now it’s time to put up or shut up. Two of the next three games are against ranked teams, with the always heated Notre Dame game taking place in South Bend. We’ll all find out just how good this team really is.

If this group gets to 6-0… 7-0… dare I say even 8-0 in conference play… with only four players scoring the basketball, Buzz Williams should get the Nobel Prize. Talk about getting the most out of your players. You could write a book on the things that this team lacks. And you could write another about overcoming adversity.

I’ve always used one main criterion to determine a great team from a good one: Even when you don’t play well, you are still able to find ways to win games. In the past three seasons, if the Golden Eagles didn’t show up at the start of a game, they were dead in the water. Let this past Saturday’s game against Providence show that this trend is beginning to be bucked.

The national media has begun to take notice. Alumni are tip toeing around their homes trying not to jinx anything. The student body is nearly in a frenzy. And all the while, Buzz Williams keeps his players focused on their school work, and the next game ahead. Even with some irritated powerhouses looking up at one of the Big East’s newbies, it’s hard for fans to say they’ve never felt more confident.

The foundation for a special season has been laid. Now let’s find out how high and fast they can build in the middle of a hurricane.
Brian Henry
Marquette University Radio Sports Director

Rutgers Puts Away Golden Eagles with Second Half Run, 73-56


PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Epiphanny Prince scored 23 points to help No. 23 Rutgers defeat Marquette 76-53 on Sunday.

Brittany Ray and Heather Zurich each had 13 points for Rutgers (10-5, 2-2 Big East).

The Scarlet Knights held Marquette without a field goal for nearly seven minutes in the second half and used a 16-0 run to pull away from a 40-36 advantage with 14:25 to play.

Rutgers hit four 3-pointers during the spurt, and made 6 of 13 from beyond the arc for the game.

Krystal Ellis scored 14 points for Marquette (11-7, 2-2).

Khadijah Rushdan added 12 points for Rutgers, which led from the opening tip and never let Marquette closer than four points in the final 25 minutes.

While the Scarlet Knights shot just 40 percent from the field, they held the Golden Eagles without an offensive rebound in the first half.

Rutgers has won two straight Big East games after dropping its first two league games for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Associated Press

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Marquette Rallies to Beat PC, 91-82


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Marquette coach Buzz Williams threatened to pull his players off the court when Jeff Xavier's brother came out of the stands to confront the referees after the Providence guard was knocked from the game with his eye swollen shut.

It was a good thing they stayed.

No. 14 Marquette rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and beat Providence 91-82 on Saturday night in a game interrupted when Jonathan Xavier came out of the stands to protest the non-call. Lawrence Lepore, the executive director of the Dunkin' Donuts Center, said Xavier was taken to the Providence police station and will be charged with disorderly conduct.

"I told the officials, 'We'll leave, because that's extremely dangerous,'" Williams said. "I saw the guy coming out of the stands. Forget the game; I'm going to protect the guys. I'm going to protect those guys no matter what."

Lazar Hayward scored 25 points, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 left, and Jerel McNeal also scored 25 as Marquette (16-2, 5-0 Big East) extended the best start of its tenure in the Big East. The Golden Eagles last started 5-0 in the conference when they were a member of the Great Midwest in 1992-93.

Marshon Brooks scored 21 and Geoff McDermott had 15 points and 17 rebounds as Providence (11-6, 3-2) lost its second straight game to a ranked team, falling to Georgetown (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) last Saturday. The Friars played most of the second half without Jeff Xavier, who was scraped in the face when he drove to the basket with 17:13 left in the game.
Friars coach Keno Davis said Xavier's right eye was completely closed. "It looked like he had been in a fight," Davis said, adding that he didn't think it looked intentional.

No foul was called, but when the players were lined up for a free throw at the next whistle Jonathan Xavier came down from the stands and jumped over the Providence bench before going chest-to-chest with one of the referees. Security hustled him off, and he left without much of a fight, waiting peacefully under the stands with a guard while police were summoned.

"What you're hopeful when you see something like that is the players don't get hurt," Davis said. "Any time any fan or anyone takes the court, that's not where they're supposed to be. Whether it's a relative or not, we've got to make sure we keep the fans off the court."

McNeal said he didn't feel threatened by Xavier's brother.

"I just saw him come out onto the floor," he said. "And I thought about it and I was like, 'Man, I don't think he's supposed to be out here.'"

Providence spokesman Arthur Parks said Jeff Xavier was unavailable for comment. Big East spokesman John Paquette declined to comment.

McDermott's first basket of the second half gave him 1,000 points for his career -- the 40th player in school history and third on the team to reach the mark, with Xavier and Weyinmi Efejuku. But McDermott also missed six of nine free throws, and PC went 14-for-23 from the line.

"I can't talk about the free throws without saying, 'Hey, he gave us everything he had," Davis said. "How can you ask for anything more than that?"

McDermott scored eight points with 11 rebounds in the first half, helping Providence open a 28-17 lead with 8:39 left. But the Golden Eagles scored the next three baskets and trailed 45-40 at the break.

Providence opened a 59-46 advantage and still led by 12 with 13:11 left when Dominic James hit a 3-pointer and then stole the ball to set up Hayward's dunk that made it 63-56. Hayward hit another 3 to cut a five-point deficit to 74-72, then stole the ball to set up James' dunk for the basket that tied it 76-all.

It was tied at 79 when McNeal hit a 3, Brooks missed from beyond the arc and Matthews, who scored 22, hit a layup on the fast break to start a three-point play. McNeal hit three more free throws to make it a nine-point game, and Matthews' layup gave Marquette an 11-point lead.

Associated Press

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Marquette-Providence Preview

The Golden Eagles are on the road tonight for another Big East Conference matchup against the Friars of Providence (11-5, 3-1). Marquette (15-2, 4-0) goes into the contest tied atop the Big East Conference standings and ranked 14th nationally by the associated press and the coaches. The Friars are currently 6th in the conference and one game back behind Marquette and number one ranked Pittsburg (16-0, 4-0). The game is being broadcasted on ESPN2 at 8 pm CT.

Marquette is currently off to its best Big East start ever at 4-0. A victory tonight would match the Golden Eagles longest win streak at 8 games. After playing three of the team’s first four BIG EAST outings in Milwaukee, the Marquette will now hit the road for five of their next seven games, including a three-game road swing in early February.

Marquette will again rely on the contributions of their “big three” in tonight’s matchup. Senior guards Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeil, and Dominic James are all averaging over 11 points per game, with Matthews’ 18.9 ppg ranking him 3rd in the conference. Coach Buzz Williams relied heavily on the play of his guards in last week’s victory over West Virginia. Both James and McNeil played all 40 minutes, combining for 43 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Golden Eagles with have to key on junior point guard Sharaud Curry, who is currently averaging 9.3 ppg and 4.6 assists. First year coach Keno Davis is also getting performance out of his bench this year. Superb sixth man, sophomore Marshon Brooks, is averaging near 13 points and 4 rebounds per contest.

Marquette claimed victory in last year’s matchup at the Bradley Center with a decisive 96-67 win.

John Forristal
MUTV Sports