Take the Diploma and Run

Center Kelly Lam, a Brookfield, Wisc. native, will forego her senior season under Terri Mitchell and graduate from MU in December.

MILWAUKEE – Would-be-senior center, Kelly Lam, of the Marquette Women's Basketball team has elected to forego her senior season at Marquette. The 6'3" center will graduate at the end of MU's first academic semester next year.

Lam had one year of eligibility remaining as a result of her transfer from Oklahoma back in 2005. Averaging 17 minutes of playing time last season, she scored an average of 5.6 points to go with 3.6 rebounds per game. Her biggest performance of the season came in match-up with Georgetown, in which Lam poured in 11 points and pulled down 11 boards. Her first career double-double held off GU's upset bid, and gave Marquette the win.

As the season progressed, though, Lam's minutes declined down the stretch. With freshman power forward Paige Fedoriwicz finally getting healthy, and the emergence of 6'3" sophomore Jocelyn Mellen, Lam often found herself sitting in favor of younger legs on the front line. However, her one game suspension on March 3 did not help her cause of fending off the underclassmen. Krystal Ellis, Erin Monfre, and Lam were all suspended for breaking team rules prior to the regular season finale against USF.

During Marquette's postseason run, which lasted six games and culminated in the WNIT Championship, Lam averaged only 10 minutes of playing time per game. And looking ahead to next season, Lam would face even more competition for minutes with the return of Fedoriwicz and Mellen and the debut of a pair of 6'2" incoming freshmen, Georgie Jones and Jessica Pachko.

For her career, the Brookfield, Wisc. native averaged 5 points and 3 rebounds per game while at Marquette. She played an integral in the Golden Eagles' 2006-2007 campaign, where they won a program best 26 games, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lam was the leading scorer coming off the bench that year at 4.4 point per game.

She will graduate from Marquette in December with a degree in business.

MarquetteHoops.com is pleased to welcome Brian Henry, a senior majoring in Broadcast and Electronic Communications, to its full-time writing staff.

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