Marquette Falls to IUPUI on MPS Day, 60-55

Allazia Blockton
Nov. 16, 2015

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MILWAUKEE - Despite a valiant comeback effort in the final minute of play, the Marquette University women's basketball team dropped a close 60-55 decision in the home opener and MPS Day at the Al McGuire Center Monday, Nov. 16.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Marquette's Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton closed the IUPUI advantage to just 56-55 with 12 seconds remaining, but the Jaguars (1-1) made all four of their free throw attempts in the waning seconds to secure the come-from-behind victory.

Hiedeman led the way for the Blue and Gold with a career-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting in 35 minutes of action. Blockton chipped in her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Golden Eagles (0-2) raced out to a 13-1 lead out of the gates and had the Jaguars doubled up after the first quarter with a 22-11 advantage. IUPUI would continue to trim the gap, trailing by only three points at halftime, before outscoring MU 20-11 over the final 10 minutes of the game.

Marquette shot 29.9 percent (20-for-67) from the field, including 5-of-18 from three-point range and 10-for-13 at the free throw line. IUPUI was 34 percent (18-for-53) from the field, including just 2-for-16 from three-point range and 22-for-37 at the charity stripe.

Hiedeman and Blockton each tallied seven points in the opening quarter on the way to a commanding 22-11 lead after 10 minutes. The Jaguars missed their first 10 shots on the way to hitting just 4-for-16 from the field in the first quarter.

IUPUI found some rhythm in the second quarter, using a 15-4 run to close the gap, thanks to nine second-quarter points by Danielle Lawrence, who finished the game with a team-leading 23 points on 7-for-11 from the field, including 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

The Jaguars ended the half by hitting five of their last seven shots from the field, while MU mustered just eight second-quarter points to cling to a 30-27 lead at the break.

With less than 4 minutes to go in the third quarter, Martha Burse capped a 7-0 run and gave IUPUI its first lead of the game at 36-35 with a driving layup on the right side. There would be three more lead changes before Heideman scored five straight points to regain the lead for the Golden Eagles at 44-40.

At the 5:50 mark of the fourth quarter, Lawrence hit a 15-footer to put IUPUI back in front by one, 45-44. But, as she was most of the game, Hiedeman came up big, answering with a runner to give Marquette the lead back on the very next play. 

A pair of free throws with over 3 minutes left by Lawrence gave the Jaguars a 47-46 edge and one they would not relinquish. IUPUI went on to score seven straight points amid an MU scoring drought that lasted 3:31 and would eventually push the lead to its largest of the game at 54-47 with 41 seconds to play before MU threatened a furious comeback in the final minute.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 21, taking on Northern Kentucky on the road for a 12 p.m. Central time start.




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