MU Drops a 91-85 Overtime Contest at No. 2 Notre Dame

Dec. 20, 2017

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.--Six players recorded double figures as the Marquette University women's basketball team took No. 2 Notre Dame to the brink, but the Golden Eagles could not complete the upset as the squad fell to the Fighting Irish, 91-85 in overtime on Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion.

Junior Allazia Blockton led Marquette (6-5) with 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, while classmate Erika Davenport also tallied her third double-double with 19 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Danielle King, Natisha Hiedeman and Isabelle Spingola all recorded 12 points each, as Amani Wilborn connected for 10 points.

Hiedeman became the 26th player in MU program history to reach 1,000 career points on a three-point shot at the 1:53 mark in the first quarter.

Neither team led by more than eight points in the game and MU held a 73-69 advantage after Hiedeman connected on a pair of free throws with 1:49 left in regulation. Notre Dame (11-1) split foul shots with under one minute before connecting on a jumper to tie the game at 73 with 40 seconds left. A final attempt by the Irish did not fall sending the game into an extra period.

Notre Dame scored the first six points in overtime and led for the final five minutes, though a jumper by Blockton cut the lead to just two points, 87-85 with 12 seconds left in the game. The Fighting Irish went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the last 10 seconds.

Marquette shot 40.5 percent (34-84) in the game, including six shots from beyond the arc, while Notre Dame finished the day shooting 47.9 percent (35-73) behind 22 points from Arike Ogunbowale and three players recording double-doubles.

"We came here to win today," head coach Carolyn Kieger said. "We took Tennessee to overtime, took Notre Dame to overtime and now it's time for us to take that next step as a program and what that means is toughness and details. In overtime Notre Dame did everything they were supposed to and did all of the little things. For us to become that type of team we need to learn from it. We scheduled tough on purpose, so we can learn and hopefully improve for postseason."

The Golden Eagles came out firing in the first half and held a 23-15 lead after one quarter and continued to push the pace, heading into halftime trailing just a point, 38-37. MU shot 43.2 percent (16-37) in the first half, including four from long range, while holding Notre Dame to 39 percent (16-41).

Marquette will open the BIG EAST schedule hosting St. John's on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT, live on FS2.




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