Golden Eagles Trounce Xavier, 85-61
Jan. 13, 2017
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team used 19 and 15-point efforts from sophomores Allazia Blockton and Natisha Hiedeman, respectively, en route to a 85-61 victory over Xavier on Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.
In addition to tallying 15 points on the evening, Hiedeman displayed the other facets of her game early and often. The Green Bay, Wis., native also posted five rebounds, seven assists, and a steal to couple her scoring output. The reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, Blockton, followed Hiedeman's performance accordingly, pairing her game-high 19 points with seven boards, and three helpers.
Marquette (14-4, 5-2), also welcomed strong efforts from Erika Davenport and Danielle King to help bury the Musketeers (10-7, 2-4). Davenport notched her BIG EAST-leading 10th double-double of the season behind 13 points and 12 boards, while King also reached double-figure scoring with 12, after starting MU off on the right foot, and recording eight points in the opening quarter.
After a strong 27-point effort in the first quarter, the Marquette offense struggled to generate a similar output in the second quarter, posting just nine points on 4-of-18 (22%) shooting from the field. The Xavier defense held the Golden Eagles scoreless through the final 4:32 of the frame, and was able to cut their deficit from 12 to just three at, 36-33, at the half.
An impressive showing from Hiedeman keyed Marquette's lead at the break. The sophomore guard tallied 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists in the opening half, and was the lone Golden Eagle to register a full 20 minutes played.
The Golden Eagles used a huge third quarter to put Xavier away for good. In what proved to be the most lopsided quarter of the game, Marquette posted a 29-12 advantage in the scoring column, highlighted by a nine-point quarter from Blockton.
Despite the loss, Xavier received a nice performance from forward Imani Partlow, who posted 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds. The 11-point effort was the redshirt-sophomore's largest scoring total in a BIG EAST game this season.
Following tonight's win, the Golden Eagles are set to hit the floor at the Al McGuire Center once again on Sunday, January 15 against Butler. The Noon, Central time tilt with the Bulldogs will be broadcast on FS1, and is Marquette's final home contest of January.
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