Marquette Downs Longwood, 87-37 in Opener
Nov. 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE-- Every available player saw action in the Marquette University women's basketball team's 2016-17 season opener on Friday night as the Golden Eagles turned in an impressive victory, downing Longwood, 87-37 at the Al McGuire Center.
Beginning at the 1:48 mark in the first quarter, Marquette (1-0) held the Lancers (0-1) scoreless and went on a 26-0 run for over 10 minutes of action, and gave up just two points in the second quarter.
Reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Allazia Blockton led the Golden Eagles with 19 points, while sophomore Erika Davenport recorded her 10th career double-double, tallying 18 points and securing ten rebounds. Senior McKayla Yentz had 14 for Marquette, including shooting 4-9 from three-point range, followed by Danielle King with ten points and five assists on the night.
Yentz knocked down a three within thirty seconds of play, instigating a jumpstart lead which the Golden Eagles would never give up. The Golden Eagles shot 18-41 (44%) from the floor, led by Blockton with 14, and held Longwood to shooting just 5-21 (23.8 percent) from the field in the first half. In the paint, Davenport tallied nine points and grabbed six rebounds for the Golden Eagles in the first two frames. With a strong offensive bout, the Blue & Gold ended the half with a 30-point lead, 44-14, over the Lancers.
Marquette extended the lead 56-16 with 6:41 left in the third and finished out the frame 65-31. The Golden Eagles would eventually go up by 50 points for an 87-37 finish after the final buzzer sounded. Freshmen Altia Anderson, Meghan Mandel and Isabelle Spingola each saw the floor in the second half for their Marquette debuts, with Spingola recording a three-point shot for her first career points at MU. 30 of Marquette's points came from beyond the arc, led by Yentz (4-9, 44 percent).
In an attempt to keep her team alive, Jada Russell attempted 30 total shots and scored 17 points for the Lancers. Longwood shot a perfect 100-percent from the free-throw line (18-18), but shot only 7.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter and 25.5 percent throughout the game. Defensively, Marquette out-rebounded the Lancers 52-31 and notched 14 steals to Longwood's five, while turning in a notable 22-to-11 assist-to-turnover ratio, while also forcing 28 miscues from the Lancers.
Marquette will return to the Al McGuire Center Tuesday, Nov. 15 to take on Saint Francis (PA) at 7 p.m. Central time.
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