Sophomore already eyeing scoring record

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Krystal Ellis has 1,835 points and is Marquette's all-time leading scorer.

For now.

Abbie Willenborg, who played at Marquette from 1996-2000, held the record for nine years before Ellis surpassed it.

Now it appears that in two years, Ellis' backcourt counterpart Angel Robinson will be the next Marquette player to threaten the record.

"Our team is very unselfish, Ellis said. "So maybe another year somebody will break it. Probably Angel Robinson will break it her senior year."

Days after she broke the record, Ellis admitted that she no longer needs to be the prolific scorer she once was for the team.

"I figured (the record) would happen, but I don't need to score as much as I used to," Ellis said. "Angel Robinson is having a great year."

As Robinson's sophomore campaign progresses, the guard has taken on a leadership position for the Golden Eagles. With Ellis battling an on-and-off knee injury, Robinson has been looked to for both scoring and skillful management on the court.

"I know that I'm not just a scorer, I try to do all the other stuff that basketball players do too, like play good defense for my team and rebound," Robinson said. "But I'm going to knock down the shots when it counts."

Robinson has scored a career 734 points at Marquette and hasn't even completed her sophomore season yet. Playing in all 35 games, she tallied 399 points in her first season as a Golden Eagle, setting a Marquette freshman scoring record.

She averaged 11.4 points per game last season and leads the Golden Eagles in scoring this year, averaging 14 ppg.

"Last year, Angel wasn't lacking confidence, but I think she just needed to learn where she fit in this team and that the team was really okay with her having the ball in her hands," coach Terri Mitchell said.

Robinson looked determined to lead Marquette to a come-from-behind victory against Villanova Tuesday night. She scored 14 of Marquette's 27 second half points, but came up just short on her game-winning shot attempt in a 46-45 loss to the Wildcats.

"After the first shot, I think if I would have taken my time a little bit on the second shot after the offensive rebound, I probably would have knocked it down," Robinson said. "I know I would have knocked it down, but there was just a lot of excitement in the last five minutes of the second half."

It is that type of no-quit attitude that makes Robinson a great scorer and above all an ample competitor.

Robinson posted a career-high 33 points earlier this season in a 78-68 win over Oakland. After the game, she admitted overcoming early struggles in order to find her rhythm.

"I was off early this morning in shoot around, so I didn't think I was going to have the type of game I had," Robinson said. "But after I made a couple, I just kept shooting with confidence. The coaches kept telling me to shoot."

While the Marquette men's basketball team features three 1,000 point scorers in Jerel McNeal, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews, Mitchell feels that her team will start gaining recognition featuring big-time players of its own.

"What it means is recruits are looking our way," Mitchell said. "They're looking at the Big East. They're looking at the record saying, 'Hey, Krystal was able to do it. Can I be that next kid?' "

With six games left in this season and two more years ahead of her, Robinson is well on her way to becoming that next kid.