Golden Eagles Fall Short to Villanova, 82-75

Natisha Hiedeman scored 16 points on Friday
Jan. 8, 2016

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette women's basketball team stormed back from a 20-point deficit in the first half, but could not pull through for a victory on Friday night as the Golden Eagles fell to Villanova, 82-75. Freshman Allazia Blockton led the squad in scoring with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds.

Blockton scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half, which helped lead MU's charge, while classmate Natisha Hiedeman added 16 points with seven boards and Amani Wilborn recorded 13 points with six rebounds and five assists in the game.

After playing an even first quarter, Marquette (5-10, 0-4) lost its footing in the second frame, allowing Villanova (9-6, 3-2) to score 30 points and go in to the break with 13 three-point shots. The Golden Eagles used a 10-0 run in the third quarter to work their way back into the game and held Villanova to just seven points.

A layup from Blockton at the 7:38 mark in the fourth quarter cut Villanova's lead to just four points, 63-59, but MU went on a cold spurt and allowed the Wildcats to score five straight points without an answer. Hiedeman sank a jumper with 2:01 remaining in the game as Villanova led 70-64, but 10 consecutive free-throws for the Wildcats would extend their lead and close out the game.

MU outscored Villanova in the paint, 38-16 and totaled 28 fast break points and shot better from the floor with a 47 percent (31-66) clip, despite the loss.

Villanova had five players in double digits led by Adrianna Hahn's 20 points, including six trey's as the squad combined to shoot 41.5 percent (27-65) from the floor.

The Golden Eagles are back in action at the Al McGuire Center as the squad hosts Georgetown on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Noon Central time, live on FS2 with Patrick Reed and Trish Babcock-McGraw on the call.




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