No. 16/19 Marquette Falls, 88-87 at New Mexico
Nov. 13, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A late rally fell short for the Marquette women's basketball team as the No. 16/19 Golden Eagles fell at New Mexico, 88-87, at Dreamstyle Arena on Monday night, opening the 2017-18 campaign.
Playing in her first collegiate game, redshirt freshman Lauren Van Kleunen led the Golden Eagles (0-1) with 23 points, shooting 5-10 from long range, and grabbed eight rebounds, while junior Allazia Blockton totaled 20 points with seven boards and five assists.
Also in double digits for Marquette was junior Dani King with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while classmate Erika Davenport poured in 11 points and took down nine boards. Natisha Hiedeman added 10 points and dished a team-best eight assists.
After trailing by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles stormed back and had cut it to two points, 74-72 after a layup from King with 5:38 remaining. Van Kleunen sank a long shot giving MU a 75-74 lead with 4:42 left to play and the teams continued to trade the lead before calmly converting a pair of free throws to put the Golden Eagles in front, 87-85 with 13.6 seconds left. MU put pressure on the Lobos, but New Mexico hit a shot and was fouled and the free throw that followed proved to be the winning bucket.
The Golden Eagles shot 43-percent (34-79) from the floor and hit 13-for-34 from long range, while also owning a narrow rebounding advantage, 41-38.
New Mexico (2-0) was led by Jaisa Nunn with 39 points and 13 rebounds, while the Lobos connected on 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor and also hitting 18-of-23 from the free throw line. MU was just 6-of-7.
The Golden Eagles play their home opener on Sunday, Nov. 19 hosting Loyola Maryland at 3 p.m. CT at the Al McGuire Center.
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