Marquette Shoots Lights Out in 95-83 Win Over FIU

Freshman Allazia Blockton registered career-highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Nov. 27, 2015

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MIAMI - The Marquette University women's basketball team registered its highest-scoring output of the season on the way to its first victory, using a hot start and hot shooting to take down host FIU, 95-85, in the 2015 Turkey Slam opener at FIU Arena on Friday.

"I'm extremely excited for our players and staff," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "We have been making progress all year and working hard to improve daily. I'm glad we were able to reap the benefits of the hard work today! I am very proud of this group and this team win!"

Freshman Allazia Blockton led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, 15 of which came in a big second half, while also adding a career-high 11 rebounds. Blockton's 10-for-13 effort from the field led a potent Golden Eagles (1-4) offensive attack, which shot a season-high 52.4 percent from the field in the win over the Panthers (1-3).

As a team, Marquette raced out to a 54-45 halftime lead after putting together back-to-back 27-point quarters in the opening stanza. In the end, the Golden Eagles shot a season-high 52.4 percent (33-63) from the field, including 55.6 percent (10-18) from three-point range.

Blockton's career day led five Golden Eagles in double figures as Danielle King tallied 17, followed by McKayla Yentz with 14 and Erika Davenport and Natisha Hiedeman with 11 and 10 points, respectively. All but Hiedeman recorded career-high scoring totals as Marquette had nine players reach the scoring column and outscored FIU's bench 25-7 in the win.

Yentz's four triples in the first quarter paced the Blue and Gold out of the gates. Before the 5-minute mark in the opening 10 minutes, Yentz had tallied 12 points and helped stage the Golden Eagles to a 22-11 advantage.

Marquette kept the pressure on at the start of the third quarter, using a 10-2 run to take a 64-47 lead with 7:28 remaining in the period. MU would push the lead to as many as 20 points before the end of the quarter, taking a 72-52 advantage with 3:16 left in the third.

FIU, led by Tianah Alvarado's 23 points, used a furious comeback down the stretch, but weren't able to get any closer than a 10-point deficit. Taylor Shade added 19 points for the Panthers, while Destini Feagin chipped in 18.

Marquette will await the winner of Wichita State vs. Richmond to see which will be its opponent for Sunday's Turkey Slam championship game, slated for an 11 a.m. Central time start at FIU Arena.




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