Marquette Cruises Past Butler, 80-64
Jan. 17, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Marquette women's basketball team sailed to its second BIG EAST victory this season in an 80-64 decision at Butler on Sunday afternoon, paced by 18 points from freshman Allazia Blockton.
Blockton tallied 17-of-her-18 points in the second half and she grabbed five rebounds with three steals, while Natisha Hiedeman and Erika Davenport also posted double digits with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Hiedeman dished out a career-best six assists and matched a career high with five steals in the game. Amani Wilborn led the Golden Eagles (7-11, 2-5) with a career-best eight rebounds.
"This is a huge bounce back win for us," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "The entire team contributed today and I'm proud of our energy from start to finish. We need to build upon this momentum and continue to learn that energy on the defensive end gets us going. One of the biggest things I was excited about was number of assists in second half. When we play like that and share the ball we are a tough team to guard."
For the first time in conference action, Marquette headed into halftime with a lead as the Golden Eagles led Butler, 32-27 at the break. MU led for 13:18 in the first half and shot 40-percent (12-30).
Butler closed out the third quarter with a 7-2 run, but Blockton connected on a layup as time expired to keep MU's lead in double digits, 51-41, heading into the last period. Butler cut the deficit to as low as nine points in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but MU's offense was clicking and the squad held its largest lead of 23 points after Blockton converted an and-one opportunity for a 71-48 lead at the 4:55 mark in the fourth quarter.
Marquette shot 49.2 percent (32-65) from the floor, including a stellar 57. 1 percent (20-35) in the second half. MU blasted the Bulldogs in the paint, 48-30 and totaled 20 fast break points.
Butler (7-11, 2-5) was led by Sydney Buck with 21 points, while Brittany Ward totaled a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will return home to open a four-game homestand beginning Friday, Jan. 22 against Providence. The game will air live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Central time.
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