Marquette Cruises Past Butler, 76-69

Allazia Blockton posts her team-best ninth double-double behind 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Feb. 12, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's basketball team (12-13, 7-7 BIG EAST) claimed its sixth consecutive home victory after defeating BIG EAST rival Butler in wire-to-wire fashion, 76-69 at the Al McGuire Center Friday night.

The victory brings Marquette's conference record back to an even 7-7 and improves the squad's record to an impressive 8-3 on their home floor. Both marks are vast improvements over last season, as MU sported a 4-14 conference tally, and was just 6-10 at the Al in 2014-15. The win also allows Marquette to sweep the season series with the Bulldogs after MU was able to claim January's meeting at Hinkle Fieldhouse, 80-64.

Freshman sensation Allazia Blockton continued her stellar season by posting her team-leading ninth double-double of the season, dropping 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. Fellow freshman Erika Davenport also notched a double-double behind 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for head coach Carolyn Kieger's side.

The Bulldogs (8-16, 3-10 BIG EAST) were paced offensively by the game's leading scorer, senior guard Blaire Langlois, who potted 24 points on 8-17 shooting from the field and 7-14 from downtown. Freshman forward Brittany Ward was also integral for BU, accumulating 14 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

The Golden Eagles opened the game on an 11-2 run behind a hot shooting start from deep. A pair of made threes from Blockton paired with another long ball from Natisha Hiedeman allowed MU to grasp the early lead, one which they would never surrender as the team led for the final 39:49 of the game.

Marquette held a 35-24 lead over the Bulldogs as the two sides entered halftime. The Golden Eagles displayed a balanced offensive attack in the opening half, with Hiedeman and Erika Davenport leading the way, netting 11 and nine points, respectively.

Butler used a 9-0 run early in the second half to cut their deficit to just four, as MU opened the third stanza shooting 3-12 from the field and failed to score between the 8:23-2:21 mark of the period. But a Davenport jumper halted the BU run and ensued an 8-0 Marquette run which stretched the lead back to 12.

On a made three with 5:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter, Hiedeman etched her name in the Marquette history books, becoming the program's all-time freshman leader in three pointers made with 56. The Green Bay, Wis., native broke Arlesia Morse's record of 55 made threes, set in the 2011-12 season.

Next time out, Marquette will conclude its weekend home stand by welcoming Xavier to the Al McGuire Center on Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. Central time tip-off. The game will be broadcast live on FS2 with Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson on the call.




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