Blockton's Layup Lifts MU over Butler, 69-67

Jan. 12, 2018

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MILWAUKEE -- With just 0.8 seconds left in regulation Natisha Hiedeman found Allazia Blockton under the basket and, the Marquette University women's basketball team secured another BIG EAST victory defeating Butler, 69-67, on Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.

The win improves MU's first-place league record to 6-0, its best start to conference play in program history.

The Golden Eagles (12-5, 6-0 BIG EAST) were led in scoring by Blockton with 25 points, followed by Danielle King with 12 points and six assists. Isabelle Spingola chipped in 11 points with help from a trio of three-pointers.

In the opening frame, Marquette shot above 50 percent from the field, three-point territory and the charity stripe. It would prove to be one of MU's best offensive showings of the night.

The Golden Eagles held the advantage over Butler 42-32 going into the break, with Blockton collecting 16 of her points in the first half. However, Butler stayed within arm's length by cutting MU's once 15-point lead to just 6 heading into the final frame.

The Bulldogs would continue to fight, going up 64-59 with just under 7 minutes remaining after Kristen Spolyar had back-to-back three-point plays.

Shantelle Valentine drew a key charge with just under three minutes remaining as MU was down by a single tally to bring the ball back within the Golden Eagles' possession. Valentine drew another charge two minutes later to send Butler's leading scorer in Spoylar (22 points, six rebounds) to the bench on her fifth foul of the game.

Blockton's game-winning basket was one for the books. The BIG EAST's leading scorer received the inbound with just .8 seconds remaining on the game clock. Blockton shouldered her way past her defender to lay the ball off the top of the glass and bank it in to avoid overtime and secure the Marquette victory.

Butler (11-7, 3-3 BIG EAST) outrebounded Marquette, 35-32, and outscored the Golden Eagles, 35-27, over the final two frames. In addition to Spoylar's showing, Tori Schickel recorded a double-double for the Bulldogs with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Marquette continues league play at the Al McGuire Center hosting Xavier on Sunday at 2 p.m. Central time on the BIG EAST Digital Network.




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