Marquette Wins Second Straight over Wisconsin, 81-75
Dec. 11, 2016
MADISON, Wis. -- Fueled by a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Marquette women's basketball team held on for an 81-75 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon in the Kohl Center.
Allazia Blockton led four Golden Eagles (7-2) in double digits with 24 points, while Erika Davenport poured in her sixth double-double this season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Blockton joined Davenport with 10 rebounds, recording her second double-double of the season. Natisha Hiedeman added 17 points with seven assists, while senior McKayla Yentz shot 4-for-7 from the three point line and turned in 14 points.
"The way we started that fourth quarter is the team we need to be," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "That is playing with reckless abandonment and if we play like that we are a really good team, but when we are passive and not passionate we become average very quick and that's what we are going to try and fix this week. It is about doing the little things."
Marquette forced 19 Wisconsin (4-8) turnovers and took 25 points off of those turnovers and also had nine steals in the game. MU shot 42.2 (27-64) percent from the field and grabbed 39 rebounds, owning the advantage on the boards as the Badgers took down 31.
"I think we amped the game up with our pressure and started to play the game the way we were supposed to and started to deny the inbounds and I think that made a difference," Kieger said.
Blockton's 14 of her total 24 points helped Marquette to a 37-28 lead at the half as the Golden Eagles shot 41.2 percent (14-34) from the floor and held a 20-16 edge on the glass. MU grabbed 10 points off of eight Badger turnovers and led for over 17 minutes, never trailing Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was led by Cayla McMorris with 21 points and Marsha Howard with 20 points.
The Golden Eagles have one week off for finals and will be back in action to close out their stretch of local Wisconsin teams, hosting Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Central time. The game will stream live on GoMarquette.com.
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