Hiedeman's Triple-Double Leads MU Past WIU, 77-61
Dec. 2, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Natisha Hiedeman registered the second triple-double in program history on the way to a 12-point, 18-rebound, 10-assist performance in leading Marquette past visiting Western Illinois, 77-61, inside the Al McGuire Center on Friday night.
Marquette (6-1) led wire-to-wire in dispatching the Fighting Leathernecks, using a 9-0 start on the way to a 15-point victory. The Golden Eagles placed four players in double-digit scoring led by Allazia Blockton's 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Danielle King and Amani Wilborn each chipped in 10 points, while Hiedeman added 12 to go along with her first career triple-double.
It was just the second triple-double in program history and first since Nov. 21, 2009 when Angel Robinson met the minimum requirement with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Oakland.
Led by Hiedeman's career-high double-digit assist night, the Golden Eagles recorded 25 assists on 31 made baskets - the team's highest percentage of the season. Her 18-rebound performance was also a career-high as MU outrebounded WIU, 56-38, on the night.
Both teams got off to slow starts as they missed their first 13 shots combined before Blockton's tip-in finally broke the scoreless drought nearly three and a half minutes into the contest. That would spark a 9-0 run, giving the Golden Eagles a lead they would not relinquish.
Marquette shot over 47 percent (17-36) from the field in the first half en route to a 43-32 halftime lead. In 16 minutes of action, Hiedeman chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Blockton and King were the lone two Golden Eagles in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles will remain home, taking on Green Bay on Tuesday, Dec. 6, inside the Al McGuire Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Central time.
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