Marquette Launches Time to Rise: Elevating Excellence in Women’s Athletics

Today, Marquette Athletics announced the new Time to Rise: Elevating Excellence in Women’s Athletics initiative to champion women’s athletics and honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of Title IX. The initiative is focused on growing excellence fund and scholarship support across Marquette’s seven NCAA-level women’s athletics programs.

Marquette has a strong heritage of success in women’s athletics, beginning with tennis, volleyball and basketball in 1975 and 1976. Since then, Marquette has proudly introduced women’s cross country, lacrosse, soccer and track & field programs.
“Marquette has a long history of excellence in women’s athletics, and I’m excited that we are now taking it to the next level,” said President Michael R. Lovell. “Come to any event for our women’s teams, and you’ll see the love our fans, alumni and students have for these great student-athletes and leaders.”

For Marquette student-athletes to continue to achieve success in the classroom, on the field and in the community, Sport Excellence Funds are separate from normal operating budgets and are used to maintain and enhance the student-athlete experience. The Excellence Funds are essential to the coaches so that programs can stay competitive in recruiting, upgrade technology, travel on foreign trips and provide leadership development opportunities for current and future female Golden Eagles.

“Our women’s athletics programs are a true beacon for the university, and our female student-athletes and coaches become incredible role models for young women,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl.

The launch of Time to Rise: Elevating Excellence in Women’s Athletics is not only a celebration of a storied tradition of excellence, but comes at a time where current female student-athletes are proudly representing Marquette at the highest level. While the 2021-22 season, 24 Golden Eagles received BIG EAST weekly honors. Additionally, women’s basketball student-athlete Chloe Marotta was proud with the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award. Women’s tennis’, Natalija Popovic, was recognized BIG EAST Player of the Year honors as women’s volleyball Taylor Wolf earned BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year during their respective seasons.

Marquette’s female student-athletes were semester in the classroom throughout the spring. All female programs averaged a team GPA above a 3.1 while an impressive 26 student-athletes finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“The reputation of our women’s teams speaks to the great enthusiasm and support of the university, our fans, and our entire Marquette family,” said Coach Megan Duffy. “For basketball and beyond, the idea of Elevating Excellence in Women’s Athletics will provide our student-athletes — and incoming student-athletes — with even more opportunities as part of their time at Marquette.”

Those inspired to invest in the development and success of Marquette women’s student-athletes can learn more at or by contacting Brittany Warren at or (414) 288-3621.

The Elevating Excellence in Women’s Athletics initiative reflects a groundswell of support for women’s athletics at Marquette, an energy and excitement tied closely with the university’s Time to Rise philanthropic campaign. To date in the campaign, Marquette has raised $3.6 million toward women’s sport excellence funds and endowed scholarships for women’s sports.

Time to Rise: The Marquette Promise to Be The Difference
Marquette’s $750 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, which is the most ambitious in Marquette’s 140-year history, is elevating resources to advance the university’s mission and pillars of excellence, leadership, faith and service. The university has raised more than $566 million to date, amounting to 75% of its goal. More than 53,000 donors have already supported Time to Rise, including 44% of donors making their first-ever gift to the university.

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