MU Advances to BIG EAST Tournament Championship
March 5, 2018
CHICAGO --Allazia Blockton poured in a career-high 32 points to lead the Marquette women's basketball team to its second straight BIG EAST Tournament Championship game as the Golden Eagles defeated Creighton, 76-70 on Monday afternoon at Wintrust Arena.
Blockton's 32 points establishes a new MU program record for points scored in a BIG EAST Tournament and marks the first time a Golden Eagle has reached 30-or more since she recorded 31 in the tournament quarterfinals on March 6, 2016 against Seton Hall. She also recorded the seventh double-double of the season grabbing 11 rebounds.
"I just want to say how proud of my team I am," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "That was a really fun game to coach, but I've never seen this level of focus in a team that we've had so far at Marquette in those timeouts down the stretch. As a coach, when you see that level of maturity, and you see that look in your eye when you know you're not going to lose the game, that takes a big weight off your shoulders.
And I thought our team really grew up tonight. We hit adversity. Creighton gave us a great game, a great punch, and we got down there and we weathered the storm and handled the adversity."
The lead changed 11 times and was tied five times, including at 68 with just 2:01 left to play before Blockton went on a 6-0 run of her own to give Marquette some breathing room with a 74-68 advantage.
The Golden Eagles shot 44.1 percent (30-68) from the field with just 6-for-16 from long range; five of those three-pointers coming from Blockton. MU grabbed 40 points in the paint and 17 off 13 Bluejays' turnovers, committing just six miscues of its own.
Marquette will take on the winner of No. 2 DePaul and No. 6 Georgetown on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. CT on FS1.
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