Marquette Tops Milwaukee, 85-74
Dec. 18, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- Six Golden Eagles scored in double figures as the Marquette women's basketball team held on for an 85-74 victory over cross-town foe Milwaukee Sunday at the Al McGuire Center.
Natisha Hiedeman led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Allazia Blockton with 13, Erika Davenport and junior Shantelle Valentine with 12 apiece and McKayla Yentz and Amani Wilborn with 11 points each. Valentine's 12 points established a new career-high as she shot 6-for-9 and had two blocks.
Blockton and Wilborn both dished out a season-high seven assists, followed by classmate Danielle King with five, while Davenport was just one rebound shy of her seventh double-double this year with nine boards.
In the first quarter, Yentz paced MU (8-2) with 3-for-4 shooting from the floor, including going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles shot 9-for-9 to give them a 27-18 lead going into the second frame. In that second quarter, Marquette shot 50 (5-10) percent from three-point range and scored 24 points on fast breaks, holding Milwaukee to just two points in the same category.
Milwaukee (8-3) crawled back late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to single digits, led by Jenny Lindner (17 points, six rebounds) and Steph Kostowicz (17 points, six rebounds), but Marquette held onto the lead through the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles went on a 13-0 run and held the Panthers to just 11 points in the fourth frame, winning the game 85-74.
Marquette shot 51 (34-67) percent from the floor and held Milwaukee to 41 (28-68) percent on field goals. The Golden Eagles also went 100 (10-10) percent from the charity stripe in Sunday's victory and dished out 23 assists and taking 51 points in the paint.
Marquette returns to the Al McGuire Center on Monday to close out non-conference play against New Mexico at 11:30 a.m. Central time. The game will stream live and for free on GoMarquette.com.
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