Marquette Knocks Down Saint Francis, 104-91
Nov. 15, 2016
MILWAUKEE-- Led by a trio of Golden Eagles that recorded 20+ points, the Marquette women's basketball team took down Saint Francis (PA), 104-91, in fast-paced, offensive battle on Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center.
Sophomore Allazia Blockton led all scorers with 24 points, while classmates Erika Davenport and Amani Wilborn tallied 23 and 20 points, respectively, to help Marquette begin the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign. Blockton also took down 10 boards, as Davenport grabbed a game-high 11, to record double-doubles; the second in as many games for Davenport. Both Davenport and Wilborn's totals were new career-high efforts.
Also in double digits was sophomore Natisha Hiedeman with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, and senior McKayla Yentz with 10 points, three assists and three steals. Sophomore Danielle King notched nine points and dished out seven assists.
The Golden Eagles worked on their inside game as the squad scored 66 points in the paint and played their favorite up-tempo pace with 41 fast break points. MU also owned the advantage on the glass with 46 rebounds, while the Red Flash grabbed 35.
At the half, MU trailed just four points, 55-51 after trading points with the Red Flash for the final minutes before the break. The Golden Eagles shot 47.6 percent (20-42) from the floor and grabbed 22 board, while Saint Francis hit at 50 percent (16-32), including 11 from three-point range in the first two quarters.
After the break, Marquette took the lead on a three-point shot from Yentz with 5:46 left in the third quarter, but Saint Francis responded with a three-point basket of its own before Davenport connected on a layup to tie the game at 66 each with 5:22 left in the frame.
A jumper from Blockton at the 4:38 mark gave the Golden Eagles a 68-66 advantage that they did not give up for the remainder of the contest as they led by as many as 18 points with 7:44 left in the game.
MU shot 49.4 percent (40-81) from the floor and dished out a combined 26 assists in the victory.
Marquette will return to the Al McGuire Center Saturday, Nov. 18 to host No. 18 Arizona State at 2 p.m. Central time, which stream live and for free at www.GoMarquette.com.
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