Women's Basketball

Marquette to Play in Caribbean Challenge

Nov. 24, 2009

CANCUN, Mexico -

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The Marquette women's basketball team will travel to Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday to play in the Caribbean Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort. In Cancun, the Golden Eagles will play Cleveland State on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m., and No. 10/12 Duke in the tournament finale Friday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

A live in-game blog will be available for fans to follow for both of Marquette's game in Cancun.

The Golden Eagles (3-1) enter play in the Caribbean Challenge following a pair of wins over Creighton (66-59) and Oakland (79-62) last week. Junior guard Angel Robinson made history in the win over Oakland posting the first triple-double in program history with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Robinson is currently one of three Golden Eagles to average double figure points with 10.5 per game and is third on the team in rebounding with 6.5 pre game.

Marquette is 39-43 all-time in regular-season tournament play. The Golden?Eagles have won seven tournament titles in the regular season with the most recent being the 2006 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam where they knocked off Western Michigan (74-61), Auburn (65-61)?and Xavier (73-53) over the three-day tournament in St. Thomas, USVI.

The Vikings (1-2) opened the season with a win over Ohio, 56-34, but have since faltered in their last two outings at Toledo (72-62) and at Wisconsin (70-68). Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kailey Klein leads Cleveland State with 16.7 ppg and Shalonda Winton follows with 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Cleveland State was selected to finish second in the Horizon League following a 19-13 overall record, and 11-4 league mark in 2008-09.

Marquette is 3-0 all-time against Cleveland State, but has not played the Vikings since 1989. The two teams played twice that season with Marquette winning on Jan. 21, 1989, 64-45, and again on Feb. 18, 1989, 79-68. The Golden Eagles won the first game of the series, 65-57, on Dec. 21, 1987.

Duke (3-1), who was selected to finish second in the ACC behind North Carolina, heads to Cancun following a 57-44 win over Charlotte Monday. Jasmine Thomas leads Duke with 13.5 points per game, while three other Blue Devils are averaging 10 or more points per game including Joy Cheek who posted a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) in the win over Charlotte. Duke's lone loss of the season came at then No. 16 Texas A&M, 95-77.

Duke will play Western Kentucky in its first game of the tournament Thursday.

The Golden Eagles' game with No. 10/12 Duke will mark the first nationally ranked team they will play this season. Currently, 12 of Marquette's upcoming opponents are ranked in the top-25 or receiving votes in either national poll.

Marquette is 0-2 against the Blue Devils. Duke took the first meeting on Nov. 29, 1998 in the Ronald McDonald Classic, 60-91, and defeated Marquette, 76-67, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23, 2004.

Following the Caribbean Challenge, the Golden Eagles will return home to host New Jersey Institute of Technology on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m.

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