Golden Eagles Upset Bid Falls Short in Opener
Dec. 29, 2015
CHICAGO -- It was another tightly contested game, that fell just short in the final seconds, as the Marquette women's basketball team dropped a narrow, 91-86 decision at No. 25 DePaul to open BIG EAST play on Tuesday evening at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Women's National Freshman of the Week Allazia Blockton led four Golden Eagles (5-7, 0-1) in double figures with her fifth double-double of the season at 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Erika Davenport recorded her third double-double this year with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Amani Wilborn totaled 13 points, while McKayla Yentz connected for 10 points, including three triples.
Marquette outscored DePaul (9-5, 1-0) in the paint, 50-44, for the eighth time in nine contests and outrebounded the Blue Demons, 38-36. The Golden Eagles shot 48.5 percent (33-68) from the floor and knocked down six shots from beyond the arc.
DePaul's largest lead in the game was 13 points with 6:51 left in the third quarter when MU went on a 12-2 run to narrow the margin at 58-55 before the Blue Demons ended the quarter with a run of their own.
The fourth quarter was a hurried back-and-forth game with each team sinking shots and pressing the ball up court. Wilborn drained two shots at the charity stripe to close the gap at just one point, 82-81 with 2:22 left in the game before Davenport pushed up a layup to give MU its first lead since the first quarter, 83-82 with 1:41 remaining.
The Blue Demons went 6-of-6 from the foul line to close out the game, with 16 seconds left for the 91-86 final.
Davenport had connected on 4-for-5 from the field to help cut MU's deficit to just seven points, 46-39 at the first half break. The Golden Eagles were 16-32 (50%) from the floor in the first half, while Wilborn and Davenport led the squad with eight points each.
The Golden Eagles will close out their five game road swing and travel out East to face Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 3 before traveling to St. John's on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
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