Marquette Falls to St. John's in Overtime Thriller, 81-77
Jan. 5, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. – Allazia Blockton’s team-high 25 points and career-high 13 rebounds helped the Marquette University women’s basketball team overcome a double-digit halftime deficit, but the Golden Eagles would ultimately fall in overtime to St. John’s, 81-77, in a BIG EAST road matchup at Carnesecca Arena Tuesday night.
Blockton led four Golden Eagles in double figures as Amani Wilborn added a career-high 17 points, while Natisha Hiedeman and McKayla Yentz chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively. Blockton’s jumper with 50 seconds remaining in regulation helped send the game to overtime.
St. John’s Danaejah Grant led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Aliyyah Handford added 15 points, while Aaliyah Lewis scored nine of her 11 points in the extra session to help propel the hosts.
MU opened the second half with an explosive 19-5 run to erase a 39-27 halftime deficit and take a 46-44 lead at the 4:30 mark of the third quarter. The two teams would enter the fourth quarter knotted up a 50-50.
Trailing 64-59 with 3:36 remaining, Blockton and Hiedeman would combine to score Marquette’s final nine points. A Blockton jumper with 50 seconds remaining tied the game back up at 69-69 and neither team was able to convert again before the game would go to overtime.
In the extra session, St. John’s struck first on a Lewis bucket and wouldn’t look back as the Golden Eagles could only get to within two points the rest of the way.
Marquette (5-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) shot a blistering 51.7 percent (15-for-29) in the second half to get back into the game, finishing with a 41.8 percent (28-for-67) shooting clip overall. St. John’s (12-3, 3-1 BIG EAST) finished the game 45.8 percent (33-for-72) from the field, including 4-of-5 in overtime.
Blockton recorded her sixth double-double of the season in the loss, matching a season-high six assists in another solid all-around effort for the freshman. Yentz fell one rebound shy of registering a double-double in 39 minutes of action.
The Golden Eagles will return home to host Villanova on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Central time, live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Matt Rodewald and Kent Sommerfeld calling the action from the Al McGuire Center.
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