Marquette Defeats Wisconsin, 88-65
Dec. 4, 2017
MILWAUKEE--Fueled by a season-high 26 points and four steals from junior guard Natisha Hiedeman and stifling defense, Marquette bested in-state rival Wisconsin, 88-65, Monday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Allazia Blockton (19 points, eight rebounds) and Danielle King (14 points) joined Hiedeman in double-figures as the Golden Eagles improved to 4-3 on the season. Amani Wilborn also turned in a strong performance, notching nine points, eight assists and a game-high six steals.
Marquette forced Wisconsin (5-4) into mistakes all night, swiping a season-high 17 steals and forcing 22 total turnovers. The Badgers shot only 41.9 percent overall and 12.5 percent from three. Niya Beverley led the way for the visitors with 14 points on 7-8 shooting, followed by Abby Laszewski's 12 points.
Marquette has now won three in-a-row over the Badgers to close the gap in the series history to 13-12. This game marked the second-straight against an in-state opponent, as Marquette fell to No. 23 Green Bay over the weekend.
Despite the high-scoring total, the Golden Eagles got off to a slow start and ended the first quarter with a 18-12 edge geared by Hiedeman's 10 points and the team's seven steals. Hiedeman shot 4-8 in the opening frame while the rest of the Golden Eagles combined for eight points on 4-10 shooting.
Marquette caught fire in the second quarter and ramped up the defensive pressure, extending its lead to as many as 28 before halftime and taking a 52 -24 lead into the break. Hiedeman carried her strong performance into the second quarter, leading Marquette with 19 points to go with four steals in just 14 minutes. The Golden Eagles shut down the Badgers in the first half, forcing them into 14 turnovers and holding them to just 24 points on 40 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes.
Wisconsin scored a quick nine points to briefly cut into the deficit to open the third, but the Golden Eagles responded and stretched the lead to its biggest of the game at a 36-point advantage early in the fourth before cruising to the 23-point victory.
The Golden Eagles will hit the road once again to face No. 22 and defending WNIT Champion Michigan on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Central time before hosting Army West Point Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT.
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