MU Hangs on for 83-77 Win at Seton Hall
Jan. 10, 2017
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Natisha Hiedeman scored 24 points and McKayla Yentz tallied 23 as the Marquette women’s basketball team was able to hang on despite a late rally from Seton Hall and earn an 83-77 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday evening at Walsh Gymnasium.
Hiedeman and Yentz each hit six three-point shots, a career best for both, en route to season high outputs, while Danielle King and Erika Davenport each tallied 12 points and Allazia Blockton knocked down 10 points. Amani Wilborn dished out a career-high 10 assists to her teammates.
The Golden Eagles (13-4, 4-2), led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, but allowed Seton Hall (8-8, 1-4) to go on a 19-4 run to close out that frame and pull within eight points, 64-56 heading into the final quarter. After converting a four-point play the Pirates had cut the deficit to three points at the 5:08 mark in the fourth, 70-67, but Yentz sank two shots from beyond-the-arc, which extended MU’s lead to 77-69 with 2:20 remaining.
Seton Hall had closed the gap to four points, 81-77 with 12 seconds left, but Davenport sank two free-throws to help seal the win.
Marquette shot 29-for-62 (46.8 percent) from the field, including a season-best 14 three-pointers for 42.4 percent from long range.
After holding a 19-14 lead after one quarter, Marquette opened the second quarter on a 16-0 run until the Pirates converted a layup at the 5:38 mark in the frame. Yentz had 14 points to lead the Golden Eagles as they headed into the break with a 46-30 lead after shooting 44.7 percent (17-38), including seven three-point shots. MU was able to score 14 points off of six Seton Hall turnovers.
Seton Hall had four players in double digits, led by Claire Lundberg with 18 points after going 6-for-7 from three-point range.
Marquette returns home to host Xavier on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Central time in Milwaukee. The game will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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