Marquette Falls Short in Comeback, 83-78
Nov. 21, 2015
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--A furious fourth quarter rally fell just short on Saturday as the Marquette University women's basketball team fell, 83-78 at Northern Kentucky.
Freshman Allazia Blockton scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half as she helped ignite an offensive spark for the Golden Eagles (0-3) in the final frame. Blockton's 22 points was a career best as she added six boards to her stat line. Classmate Natisha Hiedeman poured in 17 points and collected five steals in the game. Amani Wilborn also tallied a career-high 14 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field.
MU trailed 58-49 heading into the fourth quarter, but used a 13-0 run over a two-minute stretch and took its first lead in the second half after Hiedeman nailed a three-point shot from the right wing, 77-76. Blockton drove to the basket and came away with three and-1 plays in that same stretch, which helped ignite the Golden Eagles. The Norse (3-1) sank 5-of-6 free throw shots in the final minute of play, which helped them pull away for the win.
The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting a combined 25-for-59 (42.4%) from the floor, including 56.7 percent in the second half, and connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers. MU also grabbed 13 steals from Northern Kentucky and its bench outscored the Norse, 25-14.
Marquette shot just 8-for-29 in the first half (27.6%) and went 5-for-18 from beyond the arc, with all five made shots coming in the first quarter. After ending the first quarter tied at 16 apiece, the Golden Eagles were outscored 18-8 in the second frame and went into the break, trailing 34-24. Wilborn led the squad with seven first half points, while Olivia Moskari tallied six points with a pair of three-pointers.
The Golden Eagles will travel to South Dakota on Monday, Nov. 23, continuing a four game road trip for the squad. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Central time.
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