Marquette Falters at South Dakota, 97-69

Shantelle Valentine pulled down a team-high seven rebounds on Monday
Nov. 23, 2015

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VERMILLION, S.D.--Freshman Natisha Hiedeman tallied 18 points in the game, but the Marquette University women's basketball team fell, 97-69, to South Dakota on Monday evening at the Dakota Dome.

Along with Hiedeman, junior McKayla Yentz and freshman Allazia Blockton also tallied double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Golden Eagles (0-4). Sophomore Shantelle Valentine pulled down a team-high seven boards, totaled six points and dished out three assists, while Danielle King took down six rebounds and added nine points.

MU shot a combined 29-for-67 (43.3 percent) from the field and hit eight shots from long-range, but South Dakota (1-3) held the edge in three-point shooting as the Coyotes connected on 12 and hit 57.1 percent from behind the arc. South Dakota also outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 37-29 and hit 37-for-65 (56.9 percent) from the floor.

With just four seconds remaining in the first half, Danielle King ran the length of the court uncontested and connected on a layup as the buzzer sounded, which closed South Dakota's lead to just 38-33 heading into the break. MU combined to shoot 14-for-31 (45.2%) in the first half, including four three-point baskets. South Dakota went to the line 13 times in the first half, while the Golden Eagles had just one attempt.

Out of the break, Hiedeman sank an easy layup to cut the Coyotes' lead to just five points, 40-35, and a shot from Blockton at the 8:07 mark in the third quarter had the deficit at just six points, but South Dakota used the next four minutes to go on a 19-2 run and the Golden Eagles could not recover.

Marquette continues a four-game road stretch and will travel down South to compete in the FIU Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 27-29. The Golden Eagles face host, FIU at 11 a.m. Central time on Friday, Nov. 27 and will take on either Richmond or Wichita State in the second game of that tournament, which concludes on Sunday.




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