Allazia Blockton notched her 400th point of the season, setting a Marquette record for most points scored by a player in her freshman season
Jan. 31, 2016
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MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with a convincing 89-82 victory over No. RV/25 Seton Hall on Sunday at the Al McGuire Center.
The Marquette win avenges the 99-68 loss that the Pirates handed to MU when the two teams met in South Orange, N.J. earlier this season, and is the first victory against a ranked squad for the Golden Eagles since last season, when MU toppled then No. RV/24 Seton Hall 73-70, at the Al on Feb. 15, 2015.
The streak of five consecutive victories continues to be Marquette's most successful stretch since Carolyn Kieger took over as head coach before the 2014-15 season, and is the longest winning streak for an MU squad since 2010-11, when the Golden Eagles reeled off five consecutive triumphs to open the season. The win also puts Marquette at 6-5 in BIG EAST Conference play, which marks the first time MU has owned a winning record in league play since the 2013-14 campaign.
Marquette once again featured a balanced offensive attack as five players netted double-digit points. Freshman Allazia Blockton led the way for MU, posting her team leading eighth double-double of the season behind 21 points and 10 boards. This was also the 11th time this season where the Milwaukee native has scored at least 20 points in a game. McKayla Yentz and Erika Davenport were also integral for MU, potting 16 points apiece. Freshman Amani Wilborn provided a much-needed punch off the bench for the Blue and Gold, as she chipped in 17 points and dished out five assists.
Freshman Danielle King buried a three as time expired in the first half, propelling Marquette to a 42-31 lead at the break. The three capped a 16-4 scoring run for the Golden Eagles, as Seton Hall ended the half on a scoring drought, converting on just two of their final 10 field goal attempts.
Marquette's defensive intensity and active hands were able to slow down a potent Seton Hall offense early, as the Golden Eagles held the Pirates to just 35.1% (13-of--37) from the field and 20.0% (2-of-10) from downtown, in addition to forcing 11 turnovers in the first half.
Despite their cold shooting throughout the first three quarters, Seton Hall started the fourth frame on a 14-3 run which cut the deficit to five at 71-66 with 6:53 left to play. But Marquette answered the Pirates' run with a 9-0 run of their own, keyed by four of Danielle King's 10 points and three more from Davenport.
With a mid-range jumper at the 4:44 mark in the first quarter, Blockton notched her 400th point of the season, setting a Marquette record for most points scored by a player in her freshman season. The previous record of 399 points, set by Angel Robinson, had stood since the 2007-08 season.
After sweeping a four game home stand, Marquette will hit the road again Friday Feb. 5th to take on Georgetown for a 6:05 p.m. Central time tip-off in Washington, D.C.