Marquette Earns a 92-85 Victory at Providence
Feb. 21, 2016
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Erika Davenport's career-high 22 points led five Golden Eagles in double digits as the Marquette University women's basketball team outlasted Providence on Sunday afternoon, earning a 92-85 victory over the Friars.
Marquette (14-4, 9-8) had four different players that connected on a combined 10-of-11 free throws in the game's final minute, which helped seal the victory, as the Golden Eagles combined to shoot 47.1 percent (32-68) from the field and owned a stellar 44-29 advantage on the glass.
Along with Davenport's 22 points, Allazia Blockton tallied 18 points, while McKayla Yentz posted 16 points, Danielle King added 14 and Natisha Hiedeman connected for 10 points in the game. Yentz recorded her second career double-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds, as Davenport was just shy of her eighth double-double as she grabbed nine boards.
"This was a good, gutsy road win for our program," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "I am proud of how we bounced back in second half today. Providence is playing tough basketball right now and it's always hard to come out with a road win on senior day. There is a lot to learn from this weekend and we are excited to get back in gym and continue to get better.
"Erika (Davenport) played excellent in second half and was really a spark for us and McKayla (Yentz) showed big leadership and toughness grabbing her second career double-double. I was really proud of their performance"
Marquette ended the first quarter tied with Providence at 22, but the Friars held MU to just 14 points in the second quarter. The Golden Eagles held a 32-28 lead at the 6:22 mark, but followed with a six-minute stretch without making a field goal before Blockton snapped that drought as she powered up a layup with 10.1 seconds left in the half. Providence closed out the half on a 15-4 run and took a 43-36 lead into the break.
MU shot 48.4 percent (15-31) in the first half, but allowed Providence to score 13 points off of turnovers.
Providence (5-21, 1-15) had a stellar day shooting from beyond-the-arc, connecting on 11 three-pointers and finished the day shooting 48.5 percent from the floor. Jovana Nogic led PC with 19 points.
Marquette has one final regular season game remaining and will host DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. Central on National Marquette Day. The game will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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