Women's Basketball

Marquette Opens BIG EAST Conference Play Against No. 20/18 Pittsburgh Saturday at the Al McGuire Center

Dec. 30, 2009

MILWAUKEE -

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The Marquette women's basketball team (9-4) will open its fifth season of BIG EAST Conference play Saturday, Jan. 2, against Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.

As part of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, the Marquette Athletics Department will recognize members of the 1975-76 women's basketball team, 1975 women's volleyball team, the 1965 women's golf team, and M Club Hall of Fame Coach Tat Shiely during halftime. The Golden Eagles will be sporting replica jerseys worn during the late 1970s in pre-game warmups in salute to the women who helped pave the way for them. All tickets, parking, hot dogs and soda are only $1.

MU is 15-8 all-time in conference openers (North Star; 1-2, Midwestern Collegiate; 2-1, Great Midwest; 3-1, Conference USA; 6-4, BIG EAST; 4-0).

The Golden Eagles are 9-4 overall in conference openers under head coach Terri Mitchell, and 9-2 in home conference openers. Marquette has won its last six conference lidlifters.

In its last four BIG EAST openers, Marquette defeated USF, 68-60 on Jan. 3, 2009, Providence, 72-43 on Jan. 5, 2008, West Virginia, 74-50 on Dec. 6, 2006, and St. John's, 60-57, on Dec. 6, 2005.

Marquette was picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, while Pittsburgh was picked to finish fifth. All 16 teams will compete in the BIG EAST Tournament to be held March 5-9 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

The Golden Eagles are 36-28 all-time in BIG EAST play.

The Golden Eagles own a 4-2 edge over the Panthers since the series commenced in 2006. Pittsburgh claimed the last meeting 86-54 in Pittsburgh, but Marquette won the two previous at the Al McGuire Center during the 2007-08 season (76-69) and in the quarterfinals of the 2007 BIG EAST Tournament (61-41). The Golden Eagles are 3-0 when playing Pittsburgh at the Al McGuire Center.

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