Saturday, April 5, 2008 – Krystal Ellis had 15 points and 11 assists to lead Marquette to an 81-66 victory and the crown in the championship game of the 2008 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Marquette took control a few minutes into the first half. With Michigan State leading 7-6, Marquette went on a 26-4 run over an eight-minute span that turned out to be the difference in the game.
Michigan State (23-14) got within nine points, but Marquette answered each run with a strong shooting night. The Golden Eagles (21-14) shot 54.5 percent in the first half.
It was the second time a WNIT team had won three games on the road in the march to the title (Creighton won three road games in 2003). Saturday's game was played in front of 7,818 fans at the Breslin Center.
Ellis was named MVP of the tournament. She scored 116 points in five games. Joining her on the all-tournament squad was teammate Angel Robinson; Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan and Kalisha Keane; Jackie McFarland of Colorado; and Khadijah Whittington of NC State.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 – Michigan State and Marquette punched tickets Wednesday night to the championship of the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Michigan State edged NC State 58-57 at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. Allyssa DeHaan’s put-back with 11 seconds left gave the Spartans (23-13) the final edge after numerous ties and lead changes in the game. DeHaan finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while teammate Mia Johnson led all scorers with 17 points. For NC State (21-13), Khadijah Whittington had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Michigan State will host Marquette in the WNIT championship beginning at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, April 5. The title game will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV).
Marquette won its second straight road game in the WNIT with an 86-72 victory over Colorado. The Golden Eagles (20-14) are playing in the WNIT title game for the second time in three years.
Marquette got up early on Colorado (19-15), and then unlike the Buffaloes’ previous two opponents, kept Colorado from closing the gap. Krystal Ellis scored 27 points for Marquette and has 101 points in four WNIT games. Jackie McFarland led Colorado with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The postseason dream has become a reality for Marquette and Michigan State, who play Saturday for the rights to the Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament title.
The game begins at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. It will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV). Thad Anderson will call the play-by-play, with Tracy Warren providing color analysis.
The game will be the fifth straight WNIT home game for Michigan State. The Spartans (23-13) have defeated Bowling Green, Kansas, Michigan, and NC State on their road to the WNIT final. Head coach Suzy Merchant, in her first season at Michigan State, has the Spartans 8-0 in their last eight games at home. And they have proven they can win close games: Michigan State has played 11 games that have been decided by five or fewer points, and has won 10 of those games.
Marquette (20-14) has wins over Creighton and Illinois at home in the WNIT, as well as over Kentucky and Colorado on the road. This is the third straight 20-win season for coach Terri Mitchell and the Golden Eagles, who are in the Postseason WNIT championship for the second time in three years. In 2006, they played at Kansas State before finishing runner-up to the Wildcats.