Marquette Travels to Providence on Friday
Jan. 26, 2017
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's basketball team will look to build upon its current four-game win streak as the squad returns to the east coast for a 6:00 p.m. Central time road tilt at Providence on Friday, Jan. 27.
The game will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Chris Fama and Charlie Bergeron calling the action from Alumni Hall.
The Golden Eagles (16-4. 7-2), who are currently in the midst of the longest stretch of away games that their BIG EAST slate features, picked up a crucial, 102-101, overtime victory at No. 19/18 DePaul last Saturday night. The victory pulled MU into sole possession of third place in the conference standings, and propelled the squad to within one game of co-BIG EAST leaders DePaul and Creighton.
In the thrilling triumph, Marquette erased a 15-point Blue Demon lead by posting a 62-point second half, highlighted by reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, Allazia Blockton, knocking down a mid-range jumper as time expired in regulation to push the contest into overtime. Blockton, who leads the Conference in scoring, finished with 24 points on the night, but ceded heroics in the overtime period to fellow sophomore Erika Davenport, who netted what proved to be the game-winning layup in the final minute of play.
Sophomore Danielle King, who has commandeered the Marquette offense with her impressive play throughout BIG EAST competition, set a new career-best with 27 points in the Golden Eagles' victory. For her efforts, the Chicago, Ill., native was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season.
Looking ahead to the match-up with the Friars (9-11, 1-8), Marquette must continue to play the style of basketball that head coach Carolyn Kieger has encouraged all season. At the midway point of the conference season, the Blue and Gold owns the number two scoring offense in the league, averaging 79.3 ppg, while also sporting the second-best scoring margin in the BIG EAST at plus-8.8 points per game.
One of the key missions for the Golden Eagles will be limiting Providence's trips to the charity stripe. The Friars currently boast the BIG EAST's top mark in free throw percentage, hitting a .776 clip, but despite their success, Providence has attempted a league-worst 239 FTA. In addition to winning the free throw margin, Marquette must also look to slow the three point attack of PC leading scorer, Jovana "Yoyo" Nogic, who's .465 three-point FG percentage is the second-best in the conference.
Following the meeting with the Friars, Marquette will head to Omaha, Neb., on Sunday afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. CT showdown with Creighton.
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