Tues. Final: Marquette Women 75, No. 10 Notre Dame 65
By By Kyle Dlabay
The Marquette women's basketball team was looking to turn the corner Tuesday night and they may have done just that with the program's first ever win over a top ten ranked opponent.
Behind 19 points from Angel Robinson and 18 from Krystal Ellis, the Golden Eagles beat No. 10 Notre Dame 75-65 at the Al McGuire Center. Robinson led Marquette with nine rebounds and six assists.
As with most college basketball games, this was a game of runs with Marquette ending the game on a 13-5 run to pull away from the Fighting Irish. Ellis hit two key three-pointers in the second half that kept the momentum going for the Golden Eagles.
"It felt good to beat a national ranked team," Ellis said. "It puts us a step further ahead to come out against Rutgers. It's a good win for us."
Rutgers comes calling Sunday for Marquette as the Golden Eagles travel to New Jersey to take on another top 25 team.
Marquette was down seven in the early part of the second half but battled back to take their first lead since the first half via a tip-in by Erin Monfre.
In the first half, the Golden Eagles started out the game leading 23-14 that was answered by a 20-2 run by Notre Dame. It appeared the Irish would go into halftime with the momentum but Marquette finished the half on a quick 5-0 run to pull within four at 34-30.
"Probably the understatement of the year is that we needed that win," said Marquette coach Terri Mitchell. "We've been so frustrated for various reasons in the season. But everyday we come back to practice and we are playing just so hard at practice. We're playing so well and we're not seeing the results of it."
The Golden Eagles are now 11-6 overall and 2-1 in Big East games while Notre Dame falls to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in Big East action.
Jessica Pachko with 14 points and Tatiyiana McMorris with 11 were the other two Golden Eagles in double figures. Pachko also had eight rebounds. Marquette out rebounded Notre Dame 42-35.
"They're a really good team," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "Maybe this is a turning point in the season for them. Hopefully they can build on this win and really take off from here. They did everything they needed to do. They just out played us."
Notre Dame was lead by Ashley Barlow and Melissa Lechlitner who each scored 15 points. Lindsay Schrader grabbed 11 rebounds for the Fighting Irish.
The 75 points by Marquette were the most given up by Notre Dame this season.