Marquette Cruises Past Georgetown, 80-66
March 5, 2017
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's basketball team topped Georgetown, 80-66, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center, as unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection Allazia Blockton netted 20 points to lead the No. 3 seeded Golden Eagles to victory.
Marquette (23-7) used a balanced attack to surge past the Hoyas, as five players scored double figures including sophomores Dani King and Amani Wilborn, who each contributed double-doubles. King potted 14 points and dished-out 11 assists to ink her second double-double of the season, while Wilborn rode a 12 points, 12 rebounds stat line to her first career double-dip. With her 12 board performance, the Milwaukee, Wis., native also etched a new career-high.
Much of the Marquette offense came from in close, as the Golden Eagles dominated the paint, posting 46 points on the inside compared to just 22 from the Hoyas. MU also owned a sizable advantage on the glass, outrebounding GU, 43-34.
In addition to owning the paint, MU was able to use the three-point line as a weapon, connecting from downtown on six occasions to tie a single-season program record with 208 made treys.
All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention nominee Natisha Hiedeman posted 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor. Fellow sophomore Erika Davenport was also able to make her presence felt, adding 12 points and 7 rebounds.
For No. 6 seeded Georgetown (17-12), All-Conference Second Team member Dionna White played the full 40 minutes and scored a team-high 17 points, but backcourt partner Dorothy Adomako struggled to get herself going, and shot just 4-for-16 (25%) from the field for 13 points.
The Golden Eagles used a 13-4 run over the final 2:48 of the second quarter to gain control of the action, and carry a 38-27 edge into the halftime break. Hiedeman dropped 13 points in the opening half to pace MU offensively, while Davenport contributed 9 points and 6 boards of her own. Meanwhile, the Hoyas shot an uncharacteristically low 30.3% from the field in the half, connecting on only 10 of 33 attempts.
With the win, the Golden Eagles advance to the tournament semifinals and will face No. 2 seed Creighton on Monday at 3 p.m. Central time. This is the first time MU has reached the BIG EAST semifinal since 2014.
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