Marquette Falls to St. John's, 82-72

Feb. 5, 2017

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MILWAUKEE--Sophomore Natisha Hiedeman led five Golden Eagles in double digits with 19 points, but the Marquette women's basketball team (17-7, 8-5) could not overcome a combined 46 points from the St. John tandem of Jade Walker and Andryah Adams and fell, 82-72, to the Red Storm on Sunday afternoon.

Behind Hiedeman, Erika Davenport and Amani Wilborn added 14 points each, while Danielle King also had a strong day as she notched 12 points and a season-best nine rebounds. Allazia Blockton was the fifth Golden Eagle to hit double digits, adding ten points of her own to go with nine boards.

Adams dropped 27 points on 15 shots and Walker notched 19, while Aaliyah Lewis picked up a double-double, dishing ten assists to go with her 13 points for St. John's (16-8, 8-5).

St. John's opened the game shooting 50 percent and held Marquette to eight points on four of 19 shooting in the first quarter to surge to a ten-point lead. Each of the Red Storm starters scored in the opening frame, with Jade Walker leading the way with five points.

The Golden Eagles charged back in the second quarter to briefly take a one-point lead helped by ten first-half points from Hiedeman, but hot-shooting from the Red Storm ended the half and pushed the St. John's lead back to 36-28 heading into the break.

Marquette's offense caught fire in the third quarter, tallying 26 points to tie the score at 54 after three frames and MU was able to briefly take a two point lead, 56-54 after King hit a jumper at the 9:23 mark. MU only led for 58 seconds in the game and would not lead St. John's again after Walker's long shot put the Red Storm up 59-58 with 8:19 remaining in the game.

The Golden Eagles finished the day shooting 43.5 percent (30-69) from the floor, but did outrebound St. John's, 45-30.

Marquette will look to bounce back in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 10 against the Butler Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Central time, airing live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.




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