RV/- MU Defeats Villanova, 77-71 on the Road
Dec. 28, 2016
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Led by 21 points from Allazia Blockton and an eighth double-double of the year from Erika Davenport, the Marquette University women's basketball team pulled through to a 77-71 victory at Villanova on Wednesday afternoon at The Pavilion.
Davenport added 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in her double-double, while fellow sophomore Amani Wilborn poured in 15 points. Danielle King connected for eight points and gave out seven assists in the game.
The Golden Eagles (10-2, 1-0) win their BIG EAST Conference lidlifter for the first time since the 2013-14 season and snapped a four-game losing skid to Villanova with the victory.
MU dominated down low, scoring 44 points in the paint and showed its skill in transition with 24 fast break points, while outrebounding Villanova (4-7, 0-1) 38-29. The squad combined to shoot 52.5 percent (31-59) from the field, including a stellar 70.6 percent (12-17) in the third quarter.
Villanova shot 28-for-64 (43.8%) from the field, but connected on 14-for-32 from long range, led by nine from Adriana Hahn, who finished with a game high and career-best 31 points.
It was a difference of two halves as Marquette turned a sluggish first half into an offensive explosion in the third quarter. MU converted free throws in the final minutes of the game to help hold off the Wildcats, who had cut the lead to just three points, 70-67, with 2:04 left in the game after Hahn sank a trey. Davenport responded with two quick baskets and Wilborn went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe to close out the game.
MU shot 44.4 percent (12-27) in the first half with 10 points from Blockton, but were able to take 18 points in the paint, holding Villanova to just four points down low. The Wildcats were on fire from beyond-the-arc making 7-of-15 from long range, including six from Hahn.
Marquette will travel to Georgetown on Friday, Dec. 30 to face the Hoyas. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. Central time and will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and locally on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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