Marquette Falls to DePaul, 98-65
Feb. 27, 2016
MILWAUKEE--Freshman Allazia Blockton scored 16 points on 7-15 shooting to break a 21-year old BIG EAST freshman scoring record, but Marquette (14-15, 9-9 BIG EAST) came up short against No. 19/21 DePaul (24-7, 16-2 BIG EAST), falling 98-65 on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.
Blockton led two other Golden Eagles in double figures, as Danielle King put up 12 points to go with four rebounds and Amani Wilborn added 11 points and dished out four assists. Shantelle Valentine and Erika Davenport each pulled down five boards in the game.
With 2:29 left in the game, Blockton grabbed a steal and ran to hit a pull-up jumper, which was her record-breaking basket. She broke a record that has stood since Providence College's Kerri Chatten scored 335 BIG EAST points in the 1994-95 season. Blockton finishes the BIG EAST regular season with 337 points.
As a team, Marquette struggled from the field, hitting only 38.8 percent of their shots (26-67) and 14.8 percent of three-pointers (4-27). On the other side, the Blue Demons shot a scorching 56.9 percent from the field (41-72) and 50 percent from three (13-26).
DePaul closed the first half with a 44-32 lead, after shooting 47.4 percent from the field (18-38) and 40 percent from three-point territory (6-15). Blue Demon junior Jessica January led all scorers at halftime with 12 points. Blockton paced Marquette's scoring with eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Marquette struggled shooting the ball from deep in the first half, making just 12.5 percent of their three-point attempts (2-16). DePaul also forced MU into committing 10 turnovers, which the Blue Demons converted into 13 points.
King opened up the second-half scoring with a baseline lay-up, but DePaul went on an 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter and continued its hot shooting throughout taking a 90-52 lead with 5:29 left to play in the game. DePaul junior Brooke Schulte fueled the run with her 50 percent three-point shooting and finished the night with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds. January also tallied a game-high 23 points on efficient shooting (10-12) to go with nine assists.
Marquette will now look to the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament, which begins Saturday, March 5- Tuesday, March 8. The Golden Eagles have locked up a first-round bye and will play their quarterfinal game on Sunday, March 6 at either 2:30 p.m. Central time or 8:30 p.m., depending on whether they finish the season at the No. 5 or No. 6 seed. Final seeding will be determined tomorrow upon the completion of four remaining regular season contests.
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