K-State Defeats Marquette in WNIT Final

Playing in front of a sold out crowd of 13.340, which was the second largest in WNIT history, the Marquette women competed valiantly. However, Manhattan, Kansas would not prove to be the site of their first post season championship with Kansas State winning 77-65.

Playing in front of a sold out crowd of 13.340, which was the second largest in WNIT history, the Marquette women competed valiantly. However, Manhattan, Kansas would not prove to be the site of their first post season championship with Kansas State winning 77-65. A common thought amongst basketball coaches when playing on the road is that the visiting team is already down by 10 points at the start of the game. With the score tied at 58 with 8 minutes to go, Kansas State proceeded to validate that statement. In a game of runs, the Wildcats made the final one.

Due to rushed shots and turnovers, which plagued Marquette for the entire game, the Golden Eagles would not score again until a Kieger lay-up with 3:41 to play. For the last 8 minutes of the game, they were held to two field goals and three free throws. When Claire Coggins hit a pull up jump shot with 1:30 to play, Marquette was forced to play the foul game, and could not make up the difference.

The pace at the start of the game was quick, with both teams showing early offense. The Wildcats took away Marquette's help-side defense by keeping all 5 of their players above the free throw line in their initial offense. The open lanes led to easy dribble penetration and backdoor lay-ups. The Golden Eagles were hot throughout the entire first half, shooting 60% from the field which included 6-8 from beyond the arc. The presence of Erin Monfre and Danielle Kamm's hot shooting opened up the inside game for Marquette. However, they were not able to pull away with a lead after committing 13 turnovers and only led 39-38 at halftime. Ten Kansas State steals led to 12 points.

Before the game started, junior swing player Claire Coggins and freshman guard Krystal Ellis were billed as the players to watch. However, each struggled, shooting 3-11 and 1-8 from the field, respectively. Ellis was not a factor all night and only scored her first 2 points with the score tied at 52 on the 12:17 mark in the second half. For Kansas State, sophomore guard Kimberly Dietz picked up the scoring slack with 21 points, 11 above her average. However, freshman guard Shalee Lehning was the player of the game after recording a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Marquette was led by Kamm with 16 points including 3-4 from beyond the arc.

Despite the loss, the Marquette women should be very proud of what they accomplished. Despite the departure of Carolyn Kieger, who was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award which is given to the top point guard in the country, the future for the Golden Eagles is bright. With a dangerous backcourt of Monfre and Ellis, along with a seasoned front line of Kamm, Jasmine McCullough, and Christina Quaye, who was a second team Big East player this year, Marquette will look to make a run at the Big Dance, next year, after gaining valuable experience in this year's post season.


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