McKayla Yentz grabbed a career high 10 rebounds in addition to hitting a clutch three pointer to put away Creighton
Jan. 24, 2016
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MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team captured its fourth BIG EAST victory of the season, winning a 79-72 decision over Creighton on Sunday at the Al McGuire Center.
In a back and forth affair, the Golden Eagles used strong scoring efforts from their freshmen as Allazia Blockton (21), Natisha Hiedeman (17), Erika Davenport (16), and Amani Wilborn (13) all netted double figures to pace Marquette's offensive attack.
Despite strong efforts from the Golden Eagles' youth movement, MU was not able to put away a resilient Creighton team until the latter stages of the fourth quarter. With 1:57 remaining, a defensive miscommunication by the Bluejays led to a McKayla Yentz three which pushed MU's lead to 69-65, and swung momentum in the favor of the Golden Eagles. After the shot, MU never surrendered the lead again.
The game started out as planned for head coach Carolyn Kieger, as MU came out aggressive on both sides of the ball. After Creighton jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, the Golden Eagles caught fire on the offensive end and responded with an 18-0 run highlighted by nine points from Davenport and five from Hiedeman.
Following Marquette's early run, the Bluejays answered with a strong stretch of their own. Using a hot start from beyond the three point line, Creighton scored 13 unanswered to take a 23-20 lead early in the second quarter.
As the two teams entered halftime, Creighton held a 34-32 lead over the Golden Eagles. Davenport led all scorers with 10 at the break, while MC McGrory was the high scorer of the half for CU as she netted seven points to couple three boards.
The Golden Eagles' full court pressure proved effective early and often, as MU's defensive activity forced the Bluejays to commit 14 turnovers, including nine in the first half, which led to 17 Marquette points. MU was also able to control the tempo and run their fast break offense with success, as they outscored Creighton on the break 23-13 over the course of the game.
In addition to her game-sealing three pointer, Yentz grabbed 10 rebounds on the afternoon eclipsing a new career high, surpassing her previous best of nine, which she set earlier this month against St. John's.
Marquette is now 9-11 overall and 4-5 in BIG EAST play, which matches the win totals the Golden Eagles' recorded last season. MU has also won three consecutive games for the first time in Coach Kieger's career and the first stretch since the 2013 season.
Next time out, Marquette will welcome St. John's to the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Jan. 29 for a 7 p.m. Central time tip in what will be the third leg of a four game home stand for the Golden Eagles.