MU Knocks Down Georgetown, 87-72
Jan. 10, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- It was another game with a second-half rally as the Marquette University women's basketball team earned its first BIG EAST victory of the season with an 87-72 victory over Georgetown, Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (6-10, 1-4) were paced by 25 points from freshman Allazia Blockton and a career-best 24 points from junior McKayla Yentz, 17 of which came in the second half. The duo led five players in double digits as Erika Davenport and Natisha Hiedeman each had 13 points, while Amani Wilborn tallied 10 points.
Yentz connected on a career-high-tying five triples, grabbed five rebounds and collected three steals in the game, while Blockton's complete game included seven rebounds, and six assists. Davenport pulled down a team-high eight boards.
MU trailed by as many as 18 points in the second quarter and went into the break trailing the Hoyas, 38-26. The Golden Eagles were shooting just 25 percent (7-28) in the first half, but chipped away at Georgetown's lead in the third quarter with a 15-5 run in the first five minutes, which cut the deficit to just two points, 43-41 at the 5:33 mark. The Hoyas pushed the lead back to 10 points, but a triple from Hiedeman with two seconds remaining in the third cut their lead back to four points, 56-52, heading into the fourth quarter.
A fast-break layup from Davenport gave the Golden Eagles their first lead in the second half, 65-63, with 5:20 left in the game, which quickly extended to a 12-point lead, 75-63, after Marquette exploded on a 16-0 run. MU did not falter in the final minutes of play and held on for its first BIG EAST win of the season.
Marquette shot a blistering 61.3 percent (19-31) in the second half and scored a season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 44.1-percent shooting from the floor and hitting eight shots from beyond the arc.
The Golden Eagles head back out on the road for a pair of contests as the squad faces Xavier on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Central time before traveling to Indianapolis to take on Butler on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. CT. Both games will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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