A Signature Win for Marquette
Jan. 14, 2009
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette coach Terri Mitchell has been waiting for a signature win over a top team for her program.
She finally got one on Tuesday night when Marquette upset No. 10 Notre Dame 75-65.
"I just kept telling the team, `We're going to break through. We're going to break through, so why not tonight?"' said Mitchell, who is in her 13th season at Marquette.
The victory was the first over a Top 10 opponent in school history.
Angel Robinson scored 19 and Krystal Ellis added 18 to help Marquette snap the Fighting Irish's seven-game winning streak.
"This is an opportunity for us to find ourselves again. And, I really felt like we did," Mitchell said.
The game was tied at 52 with 10:18 remaining. Marquette closed the game on a 23-13 run. Ellis sparked the surge with two 3-pointers and Robinson added seven points for the Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-1 Big East).
"They were tired. We were tired," said Ellis. "It was a hard-fought battle. And at the end, we fought harder, so that's why we won.
Mitchell was happy to savor the win.
"I'm so proud of our players because they fought hard against an excellent team and did what we asked them to do," she said.
Junior guards Melissa Lechlitner and Ashely Barlow led the Fighting Irish (14-2, 3-1) with 15 points each.
"Krystal Ellis played like the player that we thought she would be," said Notre Dame coach Muffett McGraw. She said her team "didn't have it tonight" and credited Marquette's defense for forcing her players to dribble more than they should.
"I think maybe this is the turning point in the season for them."
The 75 points scored by Marquette were the most Notre Dame allowed by an opponent this season.