Marquette Heads East for Two BIG EAST Games
Jan. 1, 2016
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's basketball team will kick off the final two games in a five-game road swing and travel to Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 3 before concluding the trip on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at St. John's. Sunday's game will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Dave Popkin and David Gass on the call.
Having won three of their last five games, the Golden Eagles (5-7, 0-1) will look to rebound after a narrow 91-86 loss at No. 25 DePaul, which opened BIG EAST play on Tuesday. Freshman Allazia Blockton has been steady for the squad averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The reigning National Women's Freshman of the Week and four-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week is the only league player that ranks in the top five in both points and rebounds and is the league's top scoring freshman and the fifth freshman in the NCAA.
Classmate Natisha Hiedeman and junior McKayla Yentz are also averaging double digits with 13.8 and 10.5 points per game, respectively, while Marquette is putting out 76.8 points per game, which is second in the BIG EAST and 35th nationally.
Seton Hall is off to another strong start with a 12-1 record and 2-0 mark to open league play with wins over Creighton and Providence. The Pirates lone loss of the season was a 70-52 decision at Georgia on Dec. 6 and they are in the midst of a five-game winning streak. Tabitha Richardson-Smith leads Seton Hall with 16.7 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference, while Tiffany Jones is third in rebounding with 7.8 boards per night.
Last season the two squads split their two regular season contests with each team winning on its home court, but the Pirates claimed a 77-51 victory in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.
MU will travel to St. John's following this game and face the Red Storm at 6 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, also on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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