Golden Eagles Top St. John's, 67-64
Jan. 29, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team captured its fifth BIG EAST victory of the season, winning an exciting 67-64 victory over St. John's on Friday at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (10-11, 5-5 BIG EAST) was led were led by freshmen Allazia Blockton who tallied 15, along with Natisha Hiedeman and Erika Davenport who netted 14 points each. Hiedeman also grabbed nine rebounds besting her previous career-high of seven, which she has done on two occasions.
St. John's (16-5, 7-3 BIG EAST) was led by Danaejah Grant, who tallied 19 points, but fouled out in the final minute and was not available for the Red Storm's final play.
The Golden Eagles were led in the first quarter by Erika Davenport, who scored six points and secured six rebounds. However, St. John's used its speed to score eight fast break points to Marquette's two, and shot 7-of-15 (46.7%) to take a three-point lead after 10 minutes.
MU started the second quarter on an 11-1 run, turning a 22-16 deficit, into a 27-23 advantage. During the run, MU on a 4:14 scoring draught, but only allowed one score by St. John's during that time, allowing them to keep their slim lead.
As the two teams entered halftime, MU held a 29-27 lead over St. John's. McKayla Yentz led the Golden Eagles with seven points, while Grant led St. John's with seven. The Golden Eagles took advantage in the paint in the first half, outrebounding the Red Storm 26-17, and outscoring them, 19-10 in the paint.
The third quarter was a back and forth effort, as the teams were tied throughout much of the stanza. Davenport led Marquette in the quarter, tallying six of her fourteen points.
Marquette has now won four-straight games, and now owns a 9-7 record in its last 16 games. The win-streak is the longest during head coach Carolyn Kieger's tenure at Marquette.
Blockton, MU's leading scorer, finished just four points shy of tying MU's single-season freshman scoring record of 399 points, set by Angel Robinson in the 2007-08 season.
Blockton will look to break the record in the Golden Eagles' next matchup against Seton Hall at the Al McGuire Center on Sunday, Jan. 31 for a 2 p.m. Central Time tip, the final contest of their season-long four-game home stand.
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